Date: 30th July 2015 at 8:26pm
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Crawley made not one but two ‘keeper signings ahead of the Nuneaton pre-season friendly on Wednesday with Callum Preston and Freddie Woodman both announced on varying deals.

Preston, released by Birmingham in June, has signed a one-year deal with Newcastle’s Woodman coming in on loan; he made an instant debut as the Reading win was followed up by a three-nil win at Nuneaton.

Two teenage ‘keepers at Broadfield, it’s a risk but it’s a risk Mark Yates is willing to take!

Crawley have had Preston involved in pre-season already but now the Welsh U19 international, who wasn’t offer a new deal by his former Championship side, has done enough to earn this one-year contract.

Explaining the move Yates told the Official Website.

‘Callum has done well in pre-season, impressing us with both his ability and his attitude. We’re pleased to have him with us.

‘He is a young goalkeeper with a big future and we are looking forward to working with him this season and him improving his game in our environment.’

Much like buses, you wait for one and then two come along with Woodman shortly confirmed as a loan signing as we’ll. He’s come in from Newcastle until January 2nd.

Woodman hasn’t made a first-team appearance with his Premier League parent club as yet but isn’t thought to be too far away from this and had featured during the Toons pre-season tour of America.

On his addition, also speaking to the Official Website, the Reds manager added.

‘We are delighted to have been able to bring one of the best young goalkeepers in the country to the club.

‘The only thing Freddie lacks at the moment is experience in League football and that is what this loan spell with give him.

‘He has all the attributes to become a top-class keeper and I have to thank Steve McClaren, Andy Woodman and everyone at Newcastle for letting us have Freddie for the first half of the season.’

Woodman was thrust in for an instant Crawley debut, albeit a friendly, when he started in goal at Liberty way again National League North side Nuneaton. Not only did Woodman start he also finished and kept a cleansheet in this win too.

Simon Walton broke the deadlock, when he successfully converted a penalty in first half injury time and this was added to by Joe McNerney, who has spoken about how much he’s looking forward to this move with the former Woking man arriving this summer.

McNerney On Crawley

A three-nil win, against a Nuneaton side that included former Premier League striker Marlon Harewood in their side, was wrapped up when Matt Harrold scored.

New signing Roarie Deacon came off the bench and almost mark this move with a goal but the post denied him, fellow arrival Lee Barnard didn’t feature.

Crawley XI: Woodman, Berry, Van De Bogaert (Niheme 15), Walton (Smith 46), Bradley (McNerney 46), Henderson, Young (Edwards 60), Fenelon (Deacon 70), Ashton, Bawling (Rooney 70), Harrold.
Subs: Preston, Niheme, Summerfield.


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