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Reds boss issues cash warning
Crawley boss Sean O’Driscoll admits a lack of financial muscle is making it hard for him to strengthen his squad.
O’Driscoll has brought in three players – Paul Jones, Mat Sadler and Nicky Adams – since taking over as manager in May but failed to land top targets Lewis Grabban and Eunan O’Kane.
Grabban opted to move to Bournemouth instead while O’Kane’s proposed move from Torquay United fell through for financial reasons.
Reds released six players at the end of last season with goalkeeper Scott Shearer also rejecting a new deal and O’Driscoll says finding replacements is proving problematic.
He said: “People have got to realise that we might have been a big club in the Conference and League One but now we are punching above our weight.
“There seems to be a perception that Crawley have got bundles of money but that is not the case. We have got to work within the constraints that have been outlined.
“It is no longer a case that we can pay a little bit more to attract players. We have got to go for players that fit our budget.
“We are the smallest club in League One so we can only pay competitive wages up to a point. There is no point wasting the time of players we can’t afford.
“Players everybody wants will go to the clubs with the most money so we have got to look for the ones we can develop.”
Freddie Sears, who was a target for Crawley last season, has joined Colchester United on a three-year deal after being released by West Ham.