Crawley snap up former Arsenal and Hull midfielder

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Crawley have completed the signing of former Arsenal and Hull City midfielder Conor Henderson.

Henderson becomes the eighth player boss John Gregory has brought in this summer as he totally rebuilds his squad.

The 22-year-old was released by Hull at the end of the season having made just one substitute appearance for the Tigers in the League Cup.

The former Republic of Ireland under-21 international spent the end of last season on loan at Stevenage, where he made four appearances.

Henderson began his career at Arsenal and helped the Gunners win the FA Youth Cup and league Premier League Academy double in 2009. He went on to make a solitary first team appearance in a 5-0 FA Cup replay victory over Leyton Orient in March 2011.

Henderson also had a brief loan spell at Coventry in September 2012 and was a England under-17 international before switching to represent Ireland at under-19 and under-21 level.

Gregory said: “Conor was highly regarded at Arsenal but then suffered a bad knee injury which affected his progress. I have spoken to (Hull manager) Steve Bruce at length about him and he speaks very highly of Conor.

“He is coming down a level to play for us but he sees it as a move which will progress his career in the right direction. He’s very skilful, passes it and keeps possession well and is a threat in the box too.

“He’s had a very good football education but like a lot of young English players he struggled to get opportunities at the top clubs. He’s going to find out what League One is all about but this is a great opportunity for him to progress his career again.”

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