Edwards trials with Crawley Town

Australian U-23 international, Ryan Edwards, was on trial for Crawley Town overnight when they fell 3-0 to Brighton & Hove Albion.

The former Reading and Perth Glory midfielder was one of several trialists who had a run for the League Two side in the second half, including former QPR goalkeeper Aaron Lennox

The Reds succumbed to three first-half goals by the Championship outfit,but controlled the midfield battle for large portions of second half. Edwards came off the bench on 76 minutes.

Crawley were relegated from League One at the end of last season.

Edwards was released by Reading in May after a loan spell at Glory.

He returned to England last year and enjoyed a phenomenal pre-season under Royals boss Nigel Adkins but never featured for new manager Steve Clarke.

Earlier this month Gillingham boss Justin Edinburgh ran the rule over the 21-year-old when he played a full match in the League One side's 2-1 win over Tonbridge Angels.

Edwards has made it clear he wants to stay in England.

“My main goal is to play first team football…where that takes me I’m not sure,” he told GetReading.

“I’d love to stay in Europe. I’m in England now, so I may as well stay here and stick it out.

“My next move is so important. I’m 21, turning 22 in late November. I can’t be treated as a reserve player or a squad player. I need to be in that squad of 16 where I’m going to be in the team every week.”