Date: 25th July 2015 at 6:08pm
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Mark Yates has been forced to admit defeat in Crawley’s effort to sign George Barker, with Roarie Deacon’s trial with the club also ending without a deal.

But Lee Barnard, Isaac Nehemie, Ryan Edwards and Aaron Lennox are scheduled for at least one more outing for us this summer?

Former Brighton and Swindon striker Barker and ex-Arsenal youngster Deacon won’t be signing. If former Spurs and Southampton man Barnard did it’ll be a surprise! But you never know?

Yates confirmed to the Argus Barker, who had featured in two friendlies for the Reds, wasn’t within out budget so his trial is over with the same applying to fellow 23-year-old striker Deacon.

He said.

‘George is a player who I really like but unfortunately it doesn’t look like we are going to be able to do anything with him.

‘The same applies to Roarie but we’ll keep an eye on him and whether that situation changes in the future I don’t know.’

The Reds face Reading at Broadfield on Monday and Yates does plan to feature Barnard, released by Southend at the end of last season along with Aston Villa youngster Nehemie, as well as free agents Lennon and Edwards, who had left QPR and Reading respectively.

If, which I think will be the case, he does come to Crawley then Yates would be delighted but added striker Barnard will do a job somewhere.

‘Lee did well the other night. We asked him to do a job for us and he showed that he is a real team player.

‘Whoever gets him – whether it is us or someone else – will be getting a top pro with a good attitude and lots to offer. We have just got to work out whether we can fit him in.’

Budgets ruled out Barker and Deacon it’ll almost certainly rule out Barnard wouldn’t it?

Another area that needs clarifying before the season gets underway is the captaincy issue. Yates had suggested Sonny Bradley could get this, but at least four are in the running, with the defender himself saying he’ll ‘bit his hand off’ if offered it.

He told the Crawley News

‘I was pretty pleased because I don’t think I’ve captained a side before, unless you count a Sunday league side when I was about six?

‘If the manager came up to me and asked if I wanted to be captain then I’d bite his hand off.

‘I want to be a leader, leading from the back but with or without the armband it won’t affect my performance. I will still give 100 per cent each week.’

Hopefully no arms needs biting off regardless!

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