Sky Bet League Two side Crawley Town have today confirmed on their official website the signing of Billy Clifford on a one-year deal.
The 23-year-old midfielder was on trial at the Broadfield Stadium during pre-season, and the Red Devils have now moved to secure the former Chelsea man on a permanent deal for their upcoming League Two campaign.
Clifford spent last season with National League side Boreham Wood, and Crawley boss Dermot Drummy is looking forward to working with the midfielder in the fourth tier this season.
He told the official website: ‘I know Billy from my time at Chelsea and I am aware what he is capable of and the qualities he has. He can play in the system we prefer and has lots of ability.
‘This is a great chance for him.
‘I have been impressed with him over the last few weeks and I think he can be a part of what we are trying to achieve at the club.’
The young midfielder began his career at Stamford Bridge, turning professional back in 2010, although never made a first team appearance before his four-year stay in the capital ended in August 2014.
Yet, Clifford did experience first team football in the Football League in 2013 thanks to loan spells at Colchester United and Yeovil Town, and then moved permanently to League One side Walsall in 2014, where played 16 times.
However, the 23-year-old fall out of favour at the Bescot Stadium and did not make a single appearance from November 2014 onwards, and moved to Boreham Wood last summer.
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