Date: 1st July 2015 at 6:37pm
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We now know the first-team player we feared losing, which Mark Yates said wouldn’t be Izale McLeod, was Ryan Dickson with him completing a move to Yeovil.

The left back had a fine season, being named our Player of the Year, last time round but we’ve lost him to our League 2 rivals Yeovil, who like us dropped out of League 1 last term.

A transfer request was put in earlier this week with him signing a two-year contract with the south west based side, who have paid an undisclosed but ‘nominal’ fee for the 28-year-old.

Yates, quoted by the Crawley News, was of course disappointed to lose him but accepts the reasons behind his desire to leave Crawley.

Dickson himself wanted to leave so he could move closer to his family in the south west, himself saying.

‘I’d just like to stress that I am leaving Crawley for family reasons so I can move back to the south west.

‘I will always look back on my year with the club as one of the most enjoyable of my career and the main reason for that is that the Reds’ fans were absolutely brilliant to me.

‘I’d like to thank them for all the support they have given me. It was a very hard decision for me to make but I have to think of my family.’

He went onto say that he hoped we as fans understood his decision to move on and wished us all the best for the future as well as thanking Yates for allowing this to go through so seamlessly.

Given I have a family of my own, and how I’d feel being away from them for large periods of time, I can understand where he’s coming from but it doesn’t make his loss any less disappointing as he’ll be hard to replace.

Yates has already said he’s looking at various options.

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