RHYS CAN END REDS DROUGHT

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

MARK Yates be­lieves loan sign­ing Rhys Mur­phy can be the an­swer to Crawley Town’s scor­ing woes.

For­mer Ar­se­nal striker Mur­phy has joined the Reds on a 93-day deal from Old­ham and has pedi­gree in League Two.

Mur­phy scored 13 times in the 2013/14 sea­son for Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge, but has strug­gled of late, es­pe­cially since join­ing the Lat­ics in Fe­bru­ary.

The 24-year-old – who ac­tu­ally opened his Old­ham ac­count last week­end – will be keen to re­turn to top form and, with Crawley cur­rently strug­gling in front of goal, Yates is con­fi­dent he has found his man.

“I know all about Rhys, he can def­i­nitely score goals at this level,” said Yates, whose side have man­aged just five goals in six games.

“Goalscor­ing is def­i­nitely an area where we need to im­prove.We have made our­selves hard to beat, but we do need to get more goals, not just from the strik­ers but all over the pitch.

“Rhys is 6ft 1in and, not only is he good in the air, he is also an ex­cel­lent foot­baller with good move­ment and phys­i­cal­ity to his game.

“He’s here for three months and I’m con­fi­dent he’ll make a good im­pres­sion if we can get good ser­vice into him.”

Yates was a busy man on Thurs­day. As well as snap­ping up Mur­phy, the Crawley boss also se­cured the ser­vices of ex-Wat­ford midfielder Ross Jenk­ins, 24.

“I’ve been here for nearly three weeks and I’ve re­ally en­joyed be­ing back in a club en­vi­ron­ment again,” said Jenk­ins. “I know what League Two is about.”

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