Crawley Town eye up ex-Spurs striker Barnard

Lee Barnard and Brian Howard holding hands'Pompey V Bournemouth'Fratton Park'18/8/2012 Sat 15:00 ENGPPP00620120819115200
Lee Barnard and Brian Howard holding hands'Pompey V Bournemouth'Fratton Park'18/8/2012 Sat 15:00 ENGPPP00620120819115200

Crawley Town manager Mark Yates is eyeing up trialists in a game situation before he does any more deals.

Last week he signed former Stevenage central defender Jon Ashton who was his fifth new recruit of the summer.

We are looking at a couple of loans. We know we need a couple of keepers and a couple of full-backs. “We’re not rushing and won’t be pushed into a hasty decision.”

Crawley Town manager Mark Yates

Former Spurs and Southampton striker Lee Barnard has been in pre-season training with the Reds for two weeks trying to earn himself a deal.

Yates said: “We are exploring every avenue and have plenty of options.

“We are looking at a couple of loans. We know we need a couple of keepers and a couple of full-backs.

“We’re not rushing and won’t be pushed into a hasty decision.”

Yates will be looking at some trialists during their pre-season friendlies - they will include former Wales U19s international keeper Callum Preston, released from Birmingham City and another keeper who will be revealed this week when they begin their pre-season campaign at Ryman League Division 1 South champions Burgess Hill Town tonight (7.30pm) and this Saturday when they host Championship side Fulham.

Yates added: “We’re looking forward to going to Burgess Hill - they got a good result against Northampton (0-0).

“We have two teams who will play 45 minutes each to get some game time.”

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