RECENT midfield signing Richard Kennedy has left Crawley to pursue his professional career at Welsh club Barry Town.

He played only one match for Reds after signing from Nationwide Division Two side Brentford.

Crawley boss Billy Smith explained: ''We knew he might not stay here long as he was having trials for professional clubs.

''Playing for Barry may be a step down from Brentford, but it gives him the chance to be noticed.

''It s a shame he s going as he s a good player but I hope it works out for him.

Barry currently lead the League of Wales and if they win the championship would then clinch a place in European competition next season.

Kennedy, 22, joined Crawley two weeks ago and gave a good showing when he played in their 3-0 win against St Leonards at Broadfield Stadium last Tuesday.

Kennedy scored a goal for his new Welsh club in their 7-1 demolition ofLlanelli on Saturday.

Smith does not intend to replace Kennedy, having already signed popular midfielder Gus Hurdle on dual forms from Dulwich Hamlet last week.

Meanwhile, Smith has re-signed defender Lee Doherty from Ryman Premier club Grays Athletic.

Bringing him back in time to beat last Saturday s transfer deadline, Smith explained he has signed him as defensive cover for the final run-in of the season.

Doherty was part of the team which found consistency during the last few months to handsomely avoid relegation.

But both he and Hurdle were released by Smith at the start of this season as he pruned his squad to meet the budget.

Impressive Town newcomer Joe Gamble will miss home games in the next two weeks against Halesowen and Havant because he has been called up for the Irish under-18 s squad.

But Reds fans will be pleased that Smith has agreed an extension to his month s loan from Reading until the end of the season.

Smith said: "It s good for both us and Joe as it gives him better competition than he has in the Combination League.

"Following their unlucky 2-1 defeat at second-placed Burton Albion on Saturday, Reds have three matches this week.

They were due to face King s Lynn last night in the Dr Martens League Cup semi-final.

Mark Hawthorne, Hurdle and Francis Vines will be available for tomorrow s (Thursday) league trip to Havant & Waterlooville, Vines having served his suspension.

They then host a tough game against Bath City on Saturday at Broadfield Stadium.