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Two days ago we reported that Mark Randall and Newport County had agreed to terminate the players contract on personal grounds; last night Crawley Town confirmed they’d signed our former loan player on a two year deal.

0708 burnley mark randall 00Crawley are under new management this season with Australian Harry Kewell, a former Leeds and Liverpool player, coming in as their new head coach alongside former Newport boss Warren Feeney who is his assistant.

“As soon as I got a phone call from the head coach my mind was made up. I didn’t hesitate,” Randall told his new club’s website. “I also know Warren from my time at Newport County too, he was great to work with and so the two of them were a big factor in me signing here.

“I like to get the ball down and play, and every time I’ve played against Crawley that’s what they’ve done. I’m just looking forward to getting started here now and want to do well this season.”

It’s over nine years since Randall was at Turf Moor. He and Andrew Cole made their Burnley debuts as substitutes in a 2-1 defeat at West Brom with Randall coming on for Chris McCann. He went on to play ten league games for us although only two of those were starts with both in what proved to be difficult games.

He was given his first start at Stoke in a game that ended 1-1. Randall was a young, very lightweight midfielder and I don’t think he could have had a more difficult game than against an over physical Stoke team. His second start, and last appearance for the Clarets came on the last day of the season when we were hammered 5-0 by Neil Warnock’s play-off chasing Crystal Palace.

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