Crawley Town tight-lipped about Izale McLeod’s future

Izale McLeod scores a HatTrick  for Crawley Town against Barnsley (Pic by Jon Rigby) PPP-150214-180957004
Izale McLeod scores a HatTrick for Crawley Town against Barnsley (Pic by Jon Rigby) PPP-150214-180957004

Crawley Town topscorer Izale McLeod is about to be sold as the club prepare to cash-in on their most valuable asset.

He did not feature in their squad for Monday’s night’s excellent 1-0 victory against Championship club Reading.

I do not want to comment about Izale but at this moment he is down to play on Wednesday night (tonight) in a friendly game at Conference North club Nuneaton Town.”

Crawley Town manager Mark Yates

This fuelled speculation he is imminently joining another club, with League One teams Barnsley and Coventry among the candidates thought to be interested.

Manager Mark Yates would not shed any light about McLeod’s situation when quizzed about it on Monday night.

He said: “I do not want to comment about Izale but at this moment he is down to play on Wednesday night (tonight) in a friendly game at Conference North club Nuneaton Town.”

In the meantime Reds are set to sign a new goalkeeper within the ‘next 24 hours’ according to manager Mark Yates.

He said: “Hopefully in the next 24 hours we’ll have a young goalkeeper in on loan and we’ll know where we are then with (trialists) Callum Preston and Aaron Lennox.”

He added: “If we can get the goalkeeper situation sorted out and then do something with our full-backs I think we’ll have a competitive squad.”

Yates currently has an injury to right-back Lanre Oyebanjo which will cause the player to miss the start of the season.

He is also missing a left-back after Ryan Dickson left to join his hometown club Yeovil Town.

Yates was looking at two trialists who played on Monday night, Durrell Berry (ex Arsenal and Cheltenham) and Belgian player Brian Van De Bogaert.

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