Dermot Drummy says Chelsea loanee defender Alex Davey is good enough to challenge for a centre-back place at Crawley Town.
The head coach knows the 21-year-old defender well from his own time at Stamford Bridge.
Reds currently have pairing Mark Connolly and Joe McNerney leading the backline with Josh Yorwerth and Danny Pappoe as cover, but Drummy believes Davey will bring yet more competition for places.
The 6ft 3in player has also had loan spells with Scunthorpe and Peterborough United.
Drummy said: “I know Alex from my Chelsea days. He is a good footballer, comfortable in possession but first and foremost an excellent committed defender.
“We were going to bring Alex in before Mark Connolly got sent off on Tuesday because I felt it was an area of the team where we need competition for places and I’m delighted Chelsea have let us have Alex for the first half of the season.
“He knows there are no guarantees – but I know he has the ability to challenge for a place.”
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