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Town Target Ex-Crawley Winger Roberts
Wednesday, 27th Jun 2018 14:49

TWTD understands the Blues are among a number of clubs targeting the signing of former Crawley Town winger Jordan Roberts on a free transfer. The 24-year-old, who is also believed to be interesting Bolton and Hearts, left the Red Devils at the end of last season having previously been among the players new Blues boss Paul Hurst was chasing during his time at Shrewsbury.

Roberts was a youth player with Peterborough and Aldershot before breaking into senior football with the Hampshire side, playing in both League Two and the National League during four seasons and making 68 starts and 24 sub appearances, scoring 12 goals. He also won two England C caps, scoring once.

Early on during his stint with the Shots he also had short spells in non-league on loan at Havant and Waterlooville, Tamworth and Bishop’s Stortford before eventually joining Inverness Caledonian Thistle on a permanent basis in 2015.

After one season in the Scottish Premiership - nine starts, four sub appearances and three goals - the Watford-born wideman moved on to Crawley on a free transfer.

During his two seasons at the Checkatrade Stadium Roberts, who is 6ft 1in tall, made 42 starts and 20 sub appearances, scoring 11 goals.

Roberts caught the eye of Blues boss Hurst during his time as Shrews manager and he made an unsuccessful attempt to sign him on deadline day in January.

He eventually left Crawley at the end the season and a week ago was reported to be close to making a return to Scotland to join Hearts having visited the Edinburgh club and been given a tour of Tynecastle and their Oriam training ground. Bolton Wanderers are also said to be keen.

Elsewhere, AFC Wimbledon striker Lyle Taylor, who had been linked with the Blues among a number of other clubs, has joined League One Charlton Athletic.

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GlebeTractor added 14:50 - Jun 27
In Hurst we trust...

OwainG1992 added 14:58 - Jun 27
How long were we wishing Mick would look at players from the lower leagues who've been doing well only to have journeymen forced on us so much. I'd be interested in this deal.

itfcserbia added 15:11 - Jun 27
His Wikipedia page thinks he's already an Ipswich player apparently.

Cambonbleu added 15:15 - Jun 27
Same with the link with the guy from Colchester. Just because they come from a lower league doesn't make them a bad player.

These guys don't sign a deal at their current club because their agent already knows there is interest from higher up the pyramid.

Jon Walters - came from Chester and look at the career he's had. There's loads of examples of people being given a chance and grasping it. Would rather have a squad full of young, hungry players than journeymen

TheTrueBlue1878 added 15:18 - Jun 27
Quick, left footed, good delivery. Point to prove, seems like the right criteria for PH.

Would like to see PH Enzio Boldweijn, the Dutch winger from Crawley, could be a good pair.

TrueBlueRich added 15:27 - Jun 27
Cambonblue, I totally agree with everything you said. Jon Walters classic example. I am convinced we are going to see the type of football we have been dreaming of, just hope fans give Hursty time to build. Success does'nt happen overnight.

BlueandTruesince82 added 15:57 - Jun 27
Said we were never in for the Wimbledon lad but....... Whatever.

runningout added 16:08 - Jun 27
you don’t know I’m sure..

Warkys_Tash added 21:05 - Jun 27
JOG ON EVANS!! You sell our best player & then go for a freebie.

You keep insulting us fans. Who is next, Bart??

Just sell up now, take your money & let us be owned by a geniune owner

TonyHumesIpswich added 21:23 - Jun 27
Thought he'd already joined Bolton so surprised to see us linked.

floridaboy added 23:00 - Jun 27
Warkys Tash, please what are you on about. Webster played half a season and obviously has issues with his ankles. He is certainly not our best player. Would have been ticked if it had been Waghorn.

Obviously Hurst was happy to let him go. Probably has a replacement lined up.

Already been reported that Hurst will get all the fee. Fans were asking for a rebuild, it has started. Lets give the new boss time to mould the team to his liking.

tractorboybig added 10:27 - Jun 28 is told that payments will be made is stages over a period of time. So what fee is hurst getting ?

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