Joe Walsh insists he had no hesitation in turning down a big-money move on deadline day to stay at Crawley.

The Wales under-21 international was the subject of two bids during the January transfer window with Reds rejecting an initial offer of £400,000 before Walsh committed his future to Crawley when the club accepted an improved offer on Friday.

Reds boss John Gregory – who strengthen his squad yesterday by signing Crystal Palace duo Hiram Boateng and Sully Kai Kai on loan –believes the 21-year-old has the potential to play in the Premier League in the future and Walsh is confident that remaining at the Stadium can help him achieve that ambition.

Walsh said: “I am happy here at Crawley so I didn’t want to move anywhere. I’m still young so I’m not in any rush to leave.

“It doesn’t really bother me that I would have earned more money. I just want to keep playing football and improving and I see Crawley as the best place for me to develop as a player.

“I’ve come on leaps and bounds since I joined Crawley (from Swansea in August 2012) and hopefully I can continue to improve. The gaffer (Gregory) is very experienced and has managed at the top level so I think he can help me get better.

“It was flattering when a club offer a lot of money for you but I’ve still got a long career ahead of me so there is no need to jump into these things. We’ll see what happens further down the line but right now I think Crawley is the best place for me.”