Crawley Town new boy wants 'to show people what he can do'

Nathan Ferguson in action for Hastings United in 2014. Picture by Terry S Blackman
Nathan Ferguson in action for Hastings United in 2014. Picture by Terry S Blackman

New Reds man Nathan Ferguson is desperate ‘to show people what he can do at Crawley Town’ after agreeing a three-year deal with the club.

The 23-year-old made his move from National League South side Dulwich Hamlet for an undisclosed fee on Friday June 14.

The attacking midfielder had been a mainstay at the Champion Hill-outfit over the past two seasons, making 80 appearances and finding the net on 11 occasions.

Ferguson signed for Burton Albion in 2015 but failed to make a first-team appearance. Following a loan spell at Dartford, he joined Port Vale in 2016, but only made a single appearance in the Football League Trophy.

After a brief foray into league football, Ferguson was keen to prove his ability at a higher level.

He said: “I’m very happy to have joined Crawley Town. I feel like it’s my second chance to get back into the Football League again.

“It’s a step up so hopefully playing in League Two can be beneficial to my game.

“I just want to show people what I can do while I’m at Crawley Town Football Club.

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The Reds have had a reputation over the past two seasons of buying non-league players and fashioning them in to Football League calibre players.

Last summer saw Crawley snap up winger Ashley Nathaniel-George from Southern League Premier Division South side Hendon, while forward Panutche Camara, like Ferguson, was acquired from Dulwich Hamlet in the 2017/18 August transfer window.

Both Nathaniel-George and Camara have gone on to make a number of first team appearances for the Reds, with Camara alone starting 33 times for Crawley in 2018/19.

Ferguson revealed that the opportunities afforded to non-league players at Crawley Town was part of the attraction of signing on at the People’s Pension Stadium.

He added: “The fact that they’ve brought in a lot of players from the lower levels of the game and made them become Football League players is also a bonus.

“Crawley looks like a place where everyone will get their opportunity. I just want to impress the management.”