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Brighton & Hove Albion: Tom McGill returns to Crawley Town for second loan spell

Brighton & Hove Albion: Tom McGill returns to Crawley Town for second loan spell - Brighton News

Brighton goalkeeper Tom McGill has returned to Crawley Town for a second loan spell with the League Two club.

The Seagulls confirmed on their official website that the 20-year-old will spend the upcoming season on loan with the west Sussex outfit, with whom he also spent time on loan earlier this year.

McGill, who has been capped twice by England at under-20 level, has yet to make an appearance at senior level but featured in 10 matches for Brighton’s under-23 side in Premier League 2 last season.

He was loaned out to Crawley in January but didn’t get a game at the Broadfield Stadium and then had his loan spell cut short when the global pandemic caused the League Two season to be curtailed prematurely.

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Brighton’s under-23s goalkeeping coach Shannon Ruth told the club’s official website that the 20-year-old made a good impression with Crawley manager John Yems during his time on loan a few months ago and described his return to the Red Devils as “a good opportunity for him”.

McGill would have faced an uphill battle for senior game-time at the Amex Stadium this season, with Graham Potter having five goalkeepers in his first team squad, although Christian Walton is set to miss a number of weeks with an ankle injury and David Button has been linked with a permanent move to West Brom.

McGill may need to be patient for opportunities at Crawley behind last season’s first choice Glenn Morris, although his prospects of senior game-time there seem far greater than with his parent club, where there is a surplus of goalkeeping options.

The youngster’s lack of senior experience indicates that he is still some way off making a breakthrough at Brighton, although his England underage recognition hints at his potential, while the loan move to Crawley should give him a realistic chance of making an impression at first team level and possibly pushing for a senior Seagulls debut over the next couple of years.

Brighton fans, is McGill’s loan move to Crawley a good one for him and for the Seagulls? Comment below with your views!


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