League Two club Crawley Town finally confirm the signing of TOWIE star turned radio presenter Mark Wright, at last after many reports.
He kept remaining coy however, making out there was nothing in it and that he wouldn’t be signing.
💫 WRIGHT BACK WHERE HE STARTED
— Crawley Town FC (@crawleytown) December 14, 2020
Crawley Town Football Club are delighted to announce the signature of Mark Wright on a non-contract basis.
Mark will join up with the squad after impressing in training over the past two months. He also played in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Reading last month, where he performed well at left-back.
This is not Mark’s first spell at the club, as he played nine times, scoring once against Tamworth in the 2006/07 season with the Reds.
Head Coach John Yems said: “Mark has been training with us the last couple of months and really impressed everybody in training. It’s taken us eleven years to sign him back and he’s finally returned to Crawley, hopefully he can carry on from where he left off and I am pleased to have him back with his experience on and off the pitch, Mark is a great role model for players in the future.”
Yems then added: “I will always remember Mark’s goal against Tamworth that kept us up that season. I’m so delighted to have him back again.”
On Mark’s signing he expressed that he was ‘buzzing to be back where he left off.’
Technical Director Erdem Konyar added: “The Gaffer knows Mark very well. Mark will bring an exemplary attitude that will rub off on the youngsters in the group. It’s an exciting acquisition for the club.”
General Manager Tom Allman also added: “Having someone like Mark involved with the club can only be a positive. As well as his obvious technical ability, having someone of his stature wearing the badge, will also shine a light on the positive hard work the club does off the field.”
Crawley add that an interview with Mark will be published, of course we’ll have that once it’s out.
The 33 year old, who used to play semi-professional football a while ago, is said to have ‘loved every minute’ getting stuck in for Crawley Town against Championship league leaders Reading in a friendly four weeks ago.
Wright spoke about how it was an ‘amazing opportunity’ for Crawley to give him a boost to his fitness level but insists the likelihood of him signing are ‘far fetched’.
The Crawley and Horley Observer report him as saying: “It was good, I enjoyed it. Bit of fitness… It was a good day.
“There was a lot of encouragement from the line… experienced pros like that.. all talking to me, so I just felt I fitted in.
“It was for fitness mainly, and I loved every minute of it.”
He took to social media and posted a picture of his Wright 30 Crawley shirt on Instagram.
Wright added: “I love being around the lads and being around football every day.
“That’s the one thing I miss. To have this opportunity is amazing.”
Wright previously signed a professional contract with Southend United in 2005, however he only managed 21 appearances over six years.
In January 2012, it was reported that he rekindled his semi-professional footballing career, by signing for St Neots Town, but this was denied by Wright on his Twitter account.
Mark Wright has since spoken on the truth after seeing reports that he is signing a deal with League Two club Crawley Town on Friday.
Sources said to the Daily Mail that Mark hasn’t signed with Crawley Town, hasn’t been offered a contract and is just training with them to keep fit’.
In an exclusive interview, Mark revealed he turned down an approach from National League South side Billericay Town and is targeting a move to a club towards the top end of the football spectrum – and wants to document his journey on a TV show.
MARK WRIGHT’S PLAYING CAREER:
Playing position(s) – Left-back
1994–1998 – West Ham United
1998–2001 – Arsenal
2001–2005 – Tottenham Hotspur
2005–2006 – Southend United
2005–2006 → Lewes (loan)
2006–2007 – Grays Athletic
2006–2007 → Crawley Town (loan)
2007 → Rushden & Diamonds (loan)
2007 → St Albans City (loan)
2007 – Bishop’s Stortford
2007 – Fisher Athletic
2008–2009 – Thurrock
2009 – Bishop’s Stortford
2011 – Heybridge Swifts
2011 – Thurrock
Fans reacted after seeing that League Two club Crawley finally confirm the signing of Mark Wright and as you’d expect, everyone was shocked…
— Caitlin🕺🏽🐯 (@caitlinjjwebb) December 14, 2020
Quality signing, will be a big loss for Heart FM radio. Keep him fit and he will score goals. Got a great player on your hands there 👌
— wayne C🔴⚪️ ⚽️ (@ecfcwayne83) December 14, 2020
Good for pr and he could still be a decent player. I will take it
— Crawley 👏👏 (@SussexIsRed) December 14, 2020
Hope his wife comes to watch
— Mark barnard (@Mbarnard1610) December 14, 2020
Is this a joke ?
— Connor McAndrew (@connor_mcandrew) December 14, 2020
Sorry what 😂
— Alex Carter 🏆* (@AlexCarter145) December 14, 2020
Lads if his Mrs ever goes to a game please let me know
— Michael McGovern Superfan (@MagicMoritz) December 14, 2020
— Awesome Amazing Alex (@Alex_M1992) December 14, 2020
Is this April’s fools
— Robert Leighton (@rsleighton) December 14, 2020
Is this a parody account?
— RATTLING THE CAGE MAN🏴 (@1876UTFV) December 14, 2020
— Jay (@itfcjp) December 14, 2020
— ADAM 🇬🇧🇮🇱 (@ALB5399) December 14, 2020