Brodie goes out on loan to Fleetwood

richard brodie after scoring against newport
richard brodie after scoring against newport

CRAWLEY Town have sent record-breaking striker Richard Brodie on loan to Fleetwood for the whole of next season.

Brodie, 23, joined the Reds in August from York City for £275,000, a Conference record transfer fee between two clubs.

Last season he scored 13 goals in 26 starts including a spectacular one at the north west club to secure a 2-1 victory in March.

But struggled to force his way regularly into the starting line-up.

Fleetwood made a move last week after Reds’ manager Steve Evans intimated he would consider allowing the player to move back north.

Other clubs are understood to have made offers to borrow or buy Brodie.

The agreement is for one season and Fleetwood will pay a substantial five-figure loan fee in one upfront payment.

Evans said: “Richard is a very talented lad but it is no secret he has failed to settle away from his family home.

“He is still young and this loan move will allow him to live back at home for a period and he can solely focus on his football.

“Home sickness is a terrible thing and in my opinion there is only one cure: go home.”