Crawley Town have revealed the signing of striker Dom Telford via their official website.
Telford was League Two’s top scorer with 25 goals last season and now joins the Red Devils on a three-year deal after rejecting a new contract offer from Newport County.
Many thought the Burnley-born forward was on the verge of a move to League One, with newly-promoted Bristol Rovers supposedly interested.
New manager Kevin Betsy has pulled off a considerable coup to acquire the 25-year-old attacker, aided by the recent takeover of investment group Wagmi United.
The in-demand former Stoke City man began his career at Blackpool before joining a range of teams, most notably the now-defunct Bury, where Telford enjoyed his best scoring season with 14 goals in all competitions before an extraordinary campaign at the Exiles.
Telford’s outstanding performances at the Welsh-based side earned him two Player of the Month awards in the fourth tier and a place in the Team of the Season.
Betsy adds the clever forward to the addition of promising full-back Travis Johnson as he attempts to assemble a competitive squad ahead of the new season.
A statement of intent…
The American-based consortium earns its money through trading cryptocurrency and aims to gain promotion to the third tier by its second year in charge.
Acquiring proven players like Telford will boost the aspirations of the enthusiastic investors but comes with a risk that if a prolific striker cannot fulfil his expectations, the club’s financial gamble may not pay off.
Despite a stunning campaign last time out, Telford’s scoring record has been unpredictable throughout his career, but this does not take away from a move that will turn their League Two counterpart’s heads.