Crawley Town goalkeeper Brian Jensen joins Mansfield Town

Crawley Town's keeper Brian Jensen makes another fine save against Swindon (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140818-143852002
Crawley Town's keeper Brian Jensen makes another fine save against Swindon (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140818-143852002

Crawley Town goalkeeper Brian Jensen has joined Reds’ League Two rivals Mansfield Town on a free transfer.

He has signed in a dual role as player and goalkeeping coach.

Crawley Town Press Day. Team Shot. Checkatrade Stadium.Pictured is Brian Jensen.  Picture : Liz Pearce. 040814. SUS-140408-175930008

Crawley Town Press Day. Team Shot. Checkatrade Stadium.Pictured is Brian Jensen. Picture : Liz Pearce. 040814. SUS-140408-175930008

Jensen made 20 appearances for the Reds last season and was a regular in the side until suffering a dislocated finger against MK Dons in January.

Nicknamed ‘The Beast’ because of his imposing stature, Jensen has played in all four divisions of the Football League during his distinguished career, but is best remembered for a glittering decade-long spell at Burnley.

Jensen, 40, who is Danish, said: “I had an opportunity to come here last year, but at the time it didn’t really suit Crawley. There has been interest since and as soon as I heard the gaffer (Adam Murray) wanted to bring me here again, it was massive for me.”

Mansfield have also signed former Crawley Town goalkeeper Scott Shearer on a free transfer from Crewe Alexandra.

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JPCT-13-10-11-COSPORT Scott Shearer ENGSNL00220111110164112

After a six-month stay at Wrexham, Shearer penned a mid-season move to Crawley Town and enjoyed complete success at the Broadfield Stadium – helping the Red Devils to the Conference Premier title in 2010/11, then instant promotion from this level in 2011/12.

He followed manager Steve Evans to Rotherham United and secured further back-to-back promotions – elevating the South Yorkshire side to the Sky Bet Championship.

Most recently, the 34-year-old was on the books of Crewe Alexandra, where he made a handful of appearances, but finished the season on loan at Burton Albion, who he helped clinch the Sky Bet League Two title.

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