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Drury: Crawley Move Was Crucial
Drury: Crawley Move Was Crucial
Wednesday, 22nd Feb 2012 09:36

Town midfielder Andy Drury is quick to acknowledge the part that Crawley Town have played in his progress. A loan spell with the Red Devils, in which he scored four goals in 15 league and cup appearances, has proved the springboard to holding down a regular Championship place.

The former Luton player, who at one point looked to be on his way to the League Two promotion hopefuls on a permanent basis, has instead clocked up eight successive league starts during a much-improved spell for Paul Jewell’s team.

Drury, 28, said: “As far as I’m concerned my time at Crawley was very important in terms of gaining the necessary match fitness.

“I worked hard on my fitness last summer but I wasn’t getting in the Ipswich team during the first few games of the season.

“I needed games and I got them at Crawley so when I came back from my two or three months on loan I was sharp and ready to go.

“Everyone is different – Luke [Hyam] wasn’t playing regularly but he has come into the side with no problems. In my case I definitely benefited from my time at Crawley and then I was lucky to get my opportunity back here because there were a few injuries.”

Drury’s proposed move to Crawley collapsed when their bid failed to match the fee initially agreed between the clubs at the start of his temporary stint.

He added: “They went back on their offer and the gaffer told me it had been turned down. If they didn’t want to sell at that price it was fine by me. I understand that football’s a business and how that side of things is important.”

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northstand78 added 09:52 - Feb 22
top bloke..really impressed

ThailandBlue added 10:01 - Feb 22
Well done Andy keep up the good work..

bluelady added 10:11 - Feb 22
and didnt Crawley go unbeaten whilst he was in the team, then lose when he left? may have got that wrong but he is definately an influential player, not necessarily a flair player but one that works hard and ensurs other teams do not get time on the ball!

DiamondGezzer added 11:16 - Feb 22
Always rated this guy since he joined and thought it was wrong to consider selling him. Glad they thought they could do a " Del Boy " on us, it certainly backfired !

Garv added 13:10 - Feb 22
I think most people were impressed when he first joined, if anything he looked a bit slow but you could see his quality on the ball and vision to go with it. We should have given him more game time last season, but I guess with Bullard, Norris and Leadbitter around that was difficult.

Looking class at the moment.

Pessimistic added 13:41 - Feb 22
I am delighted for him. He is the right age to push on now and his learning curve has excelerated thanks to his loan spell.

bluelady added 14:39 - Feb 22
not sure he would have gained anything staying here.... we had a very low in confidence team, he wasnt match fit etc etc. Going out on loan and gaining match time at a higher level than he had played with Luton, added to being wanted by then has given him the confidence to push on and maybe even oneday become a Town legend!

spanish_archer added 15:16 - Feb 22
Fantastic to have a settled midfield now and a winning streak. Long may it continue. Well done Andy & Luke

bobble added 11:44 - Feb 23
can we send clegg to crawly for 3 months ?

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