Town hit stalemate over Drury bid

Gary SweetGary Sweet
Gary Sweet
Hatters managing director Gary Sweet admits the future of midfielder Andy Drury lies firmly in Crawley Town’s hands.

Town boss John Still confirmed in last week’s News/Gazette that the club had made an offer for Drury, who scored eight times in 26 appearances for Luton before being sold to Ipswich Town for £150,000 in January 2011.

But that approach was rejected by the Red Devils, as it fell short of the amount needed to activate a release clause in Drury’s contract.

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Sweet said: “We made an offer which didn’t meet their valuation and didn’t reach the apparent release clause in his contract, which was positioned as a minimum hurdle to get over.

“Sometimes, you have to accept it isn’t going to go any further at this stage unless there is a compromise on the other party’s position.”

Sweet also admitted that although Town will be competitive in the transfer market this summer, they wouldn’t be held to ransom over one player.

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