Reds sign local lad and former Brighton striker Fenelon

Crawley Town's latest signing, local lad Shamir Fenelon

Crawley Town's latest signing, local lad Shamir Fenelon

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Crawley Town have signed local striker Shamir Fenelon on a one-year contract.

The 20-year-old started his career with Brighton & Hove Albion, signing a year deal in 2012 after a prolific goalscoring record in the club’s youth team.

He made three appearances for the Championship side before a series of loan spells with clubs at numerous levels of the football pyramid.

Fenelon, who is from Crawley, was released by Brighton at the end of last season and is keen to make an impact with his hometown club.

He said: “When I spoke to Mark and Jimmy I knew I wanted to come to Crawley.

“Obviously it’s my local team – I went to school at Thomas Bennett and I played for the club’s old youth teams from the age of 9-14 – which makes it even better.

“I think I have a lot to offer and I’m really looking forward to joining up with the other lads and then showing the Crawley fans what I can do when the pre-season games start.”

Goodwin loan spells included Tonbridge Angels and Torquay United, and, last season he made four appearances for Rochdale and scored two goals in ten starts for Tranmere Rovers.

Manager Mark Yates said: “I think Shamir has got a lot of ability. He’s got raw pace and if anything he needs to be a bit more selfish because he gets into a lot of good goalscoring positions and is a real team player.

“I think he’s being quite brave in a way. A lot of clubs were interested in him but he’s a local lad and sometimes that brings its own pressure and extra expectation. He’s determined to show what he’s about and I’m sure our fans will warm to him.”