Yates keen to sign ‘three or four’ ahead of Reading clash

Goalkeeper Callum Preston scrambles to make a save against Brighton and Hove Albion   Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150723-011308008
Goalkeeper Callum Preston scrambles to make a save against Brighton and Hove Albion Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150723-011308008

Crawley boss Mark Yates is hoping to address his full-back and goalkeeper problems ahead of the Reading friendly on Monday.

He is keen to sign ‘three or four’ new players by the weekend and expects one permanent deal and the others to be season-long loans.

With Lanre Oyebanjo sidelined after having an operation to repair cartilage, the Reds manager lamented he had no full-backs at the club with Conor Henderson deputising at left-back and Lewis Young, who stood in in defence last season, at right-back in the Brighton friendly.

And despite trialist Callum Preston taking charge between the sticks in pre-season, backed up by former QPR stopper Aaron Lennox against Albion, Yates is also keen to sort out the goalkeeper situation in the coming days.

He said: “I am without any recognised full-backs at the minute and I am trying to sort that out believe me, but we are not getting the ones we want across as quickly as we’d like.

“I hope we can get something sorted in the next couple of days and hopefully by Reading we will have a couple sorted.

“We need to address the full-back situation and believe me, I am trying to do the best I can.

“I am hopeful. People must be sick of me saying it, but I am doing the best I can to get the best in I can in and I am confident that hopefully will be before Reading.

“Definitely over the weekend I will have three or four in, two full-back and we will decide where we are with two keepers.”

The new man at the Reds helm started a near full-team of contracted players in the 3-0 defeat to Albion and insisted he was keen to look at his own players now.

A number of new trialists featured - ex-Aston Villa and Southampton youth product Isaac Nehemie, former Reading man Ryan Edwards and Ardingly College student Alex Summerfield - but Yates does not know what the future holds for the contract hopefuls.

He added: “I am not sure where we can go with trialists as much as I want to involve them.

“I have had to let a couple go that I might have thought about involving, but we have got what we have got and we are trying to make the best of it.

“They all did ok, I think they all came on in the second half and did well. I don’t really want to talk too much about it, what will happen with them will happen.

“I’ll try my best to work out what we have got and where we go, but I am not sure what we can do with it at the moment.

“A couple are not in plans and a couple we probably can’t do anything right at this moment in time.”