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It will take something special to lure McFadzean from Reds
Kyle McFadzean insists it would take something special for him to leave Crawley.
Reds rejected two bids for the defender last week and boss Richie Barker expects further offers before the transfer window closes tonight.
McFadzean, pictured below, who was ruled out for six months last season with a serious viral infection, said: “I love Crawley. I just want to be happy and I’m happy playing here. “Unless it is really something ridiculous like a club that has potential to go into the top half of the Championship and trying to get promotion to the Premier League, I can’t see me going at all.
“The gaffer (Barker) is one of the best managers, and might even be the best manager, I have played under. I didn’t get much chance to play under him last year and that is another reason why I don’t want to go as I can see him improving me as a player.”
Asked if he would only consider a move to a Championship club McFadzean said: “It depends. If it was Sheffield United I think it would be a different story. They are my home club but if it was anyone else in League One I can’t see me going.”
McFadzean was on the verge of joining Bristol City in January, only for the deal to break down due to his health issues.
Crawley have not revealed the identity of the club who made offers for the defender last week but Barker has not ruled out further bids.
Asked if the offers were turned down because they did not match Crawley’s valuation or because they did not want their plans for the Peterborough match disrupted Barker said: “It was a bit of both. We wanted to get on with this game first so whether things continue before the window closes we will see.”
Meanwhile, Crawley have signed a five-year sponsorship deal which will see the name of their ground change from Broadfield Stadium to the Checkatrade.com Stadium.
The ground has been known as Broadfield Stadium since Crawley moved there from Town Mead in 1997. The club is donating some of the sponsorship money to local community projects as Crawley Borough Council owns the stadium and agreed to it being renamed.
The move is unlikely to go down well with some supporters but Reds have been forced to find other ways to generate income with crowds not growing as expected since promotion to League One 16 months ago.
Financial fair play rules restricts clubs in League One to spending 65% of their turnover on their playing budget with Crawley being put under a transfer embargo during the summer for exceeding the threshold.
Crawley Town commercial manager Ewan Dunlop said: “This is a hugely significant partnership for the football club and we’re both delighted and extremely proud to be associated with the Checkatrade.com brand.”
Kevin Byrne, Checkatrade.com’s managing director, said: “We chose Crawley Town because it is a strong up and coming team. I am looking forward to working with the club immensely.”