Why Crawley Town was the perfect fit for Brighton loanee Teddy Jenks

Crawley Town’s new Brighton & Hove Albion loanee Teddy Jenks didn’t need much convincing when choosing his new club.

“It really attracted me,” said Jenks, on why he signed for Crawley. “It’s close to home and I really enjoy the way the gaffer (Kevin Betsy) and Dan (Miccichie) want to play football.

“I’ve worked with them since a young age and with the new owners coming in, I wanted to be a part of it.”

Jenks has been at Brighton since the under-10s where he progressed through the club until making his first team debut in 2019. As a versatile midfielder, Jenks worked with both Betsy and Miccichie when playing for England’s youth teams.

“I had a really good time with him (Betsy) at England, probably my best times I’ve ever had playing football. As a manager he’s caring, very fair but harsh when he wants to get the best out of players. So, for me it was the perfect fit.”

At still only 20-years-old, Jenks spent last season on loan to Aberdeen where he played 24 times and scored two goals.

Betsy gave Jenks his England debut whilst managing their under-15 squad. When asked about the Red’s new youngster, Betsy said: “Teddy is a real coup for the club. He’s very talented and highly rated at Brighton.

Crawley Town’s new Brighton & Hove Albion loanee Teddy Jenks didn’t need much convincing when choosing his new club. Picture courtesy of Crawley Town FC

“He’s gained some very good experience as an England youth international and playing in the Scottish Premiership last season.

“He’s a very dynamic midfielder, can score goals, create chances and has really good physicality. A lot of big clubs were in for Teddy.

“I’d like to thank Brighton’s loan manager Gordon Greer, manager Graham Potter and their chairman Tony Bloom for allowing us Teddy’s services this season.”

Jenks is Crawley’s eleventh summer signing under the club’s new owners WAGMI United. In what looks to be a new era for the club, Betsy will hope Jenks can add competition to his new squad.

“I’ll settle in quickly,” said Jenks. “From there I just want to play for the team as much as I can. Promotion is for sure the target and I just want to get down to it now.”

Crawley start their 2022-23 League Two season this Saturday away to Carlisle. After a successful pre-season, Jenks could feature in what is a highly-anticipated match for the club.