Ryan Dickson chooses Crawley Town ahead of Colchester United

Ryan Dickson, who has moved to Crawley Town

Ryan Dickson, who has moved to Crawley Town

Ryan Dickson, having rejected the offer of a new contract at Colchester United, has joined League One rivals Crawley Town instead.

Dickson arrived at the Weston Homes Community Stadium last summer, on a one-year deal, although his solitary season with the U’s was at times dogged by illness.

The ex-Southampton left-back began the season well, before being struck down with a mystery virus. Everton loanee Luke Garbutt was recruited, and impressed during his stay from Goodison Park.

Following Garbutt’s departure (recalled by Everton), Dickson returned to play a key role in keeping the U’s in League One during the last few months of the season.

But the 27-year-old has decided to move on again this summer, signing a two-year contract with Crawley this afternoon.

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Dickson told the Red Devils’ official website: “I know this league well and I definitely feel the club is capable of challenging for the play-offs next season.

“It’s a really exciting new challenge for me and I can’t wait for it to start.”

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