Crawley Town have signed James Hurst on a one year contract.
The 21-year-old right back, who played against Reds last year for
Shrewsbury Town, started his career at West Bromwich Albion.
He signed for Portsmouth in 2008 but failed to make a senior appearance,
moving on loan to Icelandic side IBV two years later.
James enjoyed a successful spell in Iceland’s top division, making 16 appearances and
scoring one goal.
James returned back to England to re-sign for West Bromwich Albion in
2010, making his only Premier League appearance in a 3-0 defeat to
Fulham at Craven Cottage.
The following season James found himself playing most of his football out
on loan. Spells at Blackpool, Shrewsbury and Chesterfield followed.
James said: “I’m delighted to be a Crawley Town player. The club have
really grown in the last two or three years – everyone in football has
“I’m looking forward to a new chapter in my career. It was disappointing
that I didn’t play more Premier League football but sometimes you have to
take a step back to go forward again. I know a couple of the other lads and
I’ve had a good spell in Iceland so I feel fit and raring to go and I’m looking
forward to linking up with the boys tomorrow on the training ground.”
Reds boss Richie Barker was delighted to have Hurst on board.
Richie said: “Right back was a key position for us when it came to adding
to the squad and we’re delighted to have James on board. He’s a terrific
defender but he loves to get forward and fits the template of player I want
in our squad – someone who is young, athletic with a willingness to learn
and improve and a terrific attitude.”