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Experienced midfielder joins on a one-and-a-half-year deal from Swindon Town.

27 January 2023

Crawley Town Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Swindon Town midfielder Ben Gladwin for an undisclosed fee. The 30-year-old joins the Reds on a one-and-a-half-year contract.

Gladwin joins the club from the Robins, having made 23 appearances in Sky Bet League Two this season. Ben was featured regularly for Scott Lindsey during his time at the County Ground and is eligible to be picked by the new Crawley boss for this Saturday’s fixture against Salford.

Swindon was the destination of Gladwin’s first professional move as the midfielder joined the Robins for the first time in 2013. Having spent time in non-league with the likes of Reading Town, Burnham and Hayes & Yeading, Ben earned his first professional contract after an impressive spell with Marlow.

After an impressive two years at the County Ground, Gladwin moved to the capital to Join Queens Park Rangers on a three-year deal. During his two years at Loftus Road, Ben enjoyed which were split by a short spell at Bristol City in 2016.

A spell at Ewood Park followed in 2017, but a nasty injury ruled him out of action for a considerable amount of time, and as a result, the midfielder failed to make an impact at Blackburn and left the club in 2020.

Gladwin signed for Milton Keynes Dons on the 10th of January in 2020 on a short-term deal. Despite several positive performances, he was initially one of nine players released by the club after the conclusion of the 2019–20 season. However, on the 28th of July in 2020, the club announced Gladwin had returned and re-signed ahead of the 2020–21 campaign.

Ben returned to Swindon at the start of the 2021/22 season on an initial one-year deal but signed an extension in January 2022. 

Speaking on Gladwin’s move to the Reds, Manager Scott Lindsey said: “This is a brilliant signing for this football club. Ben is an excellent player and a great leader. He will add great professionalism and qualities to the changing room. Above all else, he is an outstanding footballer, and he is big and physical. This is a real statement of intent from this football club that we mean business.”

This deal is subject to EFL approval. 

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