Crawley Town manager Mark Yates has made his 12th signing since joining the club by recruiting left-back Christian Scales on a youth loan from Premier League Crystal Palace until January 2.
Scales, 18. is the second left back the Crawley boss has signed in two weeks following Belgian Bryan Van Den Bogaert who is on a one-month contract.
The Palace youngster is from Welwyn Garden City and has made steady progress at Palace since he joined the club last October from Norwich City.
He made 14 appearances for their under-18 team and five in the under-21s before making his first team bow last month when he played against Supersport United in the Cape Town Cup during Palace’s pre-season tour of South Africa.
Mark said: “We’re delighted to have Christian with us because he’s a player I have been tracking for some time now. He’s a young lad who has impressed in Academy and youth football for Palace and they now feel its time for him to get a taste of League football.
“He’s good on the ball but he’s first and foremost a very steady and solid defender, naturally left-footed and someone who I think will relish the step up.
He’s with us until January and he gives us another option in the squad.”
Christian has been allocated squad number 3 and is available for selection for today’s trip to Cambridge United in Sky Bet League 2.
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