No defensive panic at Lowestoft Town after Greg Crane’s exit

Greg Crane, 15, in action for Lowestoft Town - the club he left this week. Picture: Jerry Daws.

Greg Crane, 15, in action for Lowestoft Town - the club he left this week. Picture: Jerry Daws. - Credit: ©Archant Photographic 2010

Lowestoft Town joint-boss Ady Gallagher insists the club are in no rush to sign a centre-back after mutually agreeing to terminate Greg Crane's contract.

The 29-year-old, who has not featured since being substituted during the 0-0 draw with Canvey Island on August 20, decided to leave the club on Tuesday night.

And while both parties continue to remain tight-lipped on the nature of the big defender's departure, Gallagher has thanked the former Norwich City youngster for his efforts during two spells at Crown Meadow.

'We made the decision to terminate his contract and we agreed that mutually with Greg,' said the Trawlerboys chief.

'I'd just like to wish him all the best wherever he goes. He's had two separate spells with the club, both have been highly successful, and many supporters will recognise he's been tremendous. He's served the club very well.

'Now is the time for us to go our separate ways and I'm not alone in wishing him all the best. We've got a couple of irons in the fire regarding strengthening the squad. But the players we're looking at aren't centre-halves.

'We're not short of centre-halves at the club. We've got players who can play at centre-half or right-back. We've got four players that can cover that area. We've got plenty of numbers. We're happy with the centre-halves at the club and it's now down to them to try and hold down a regular starting place in the team.'

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Former Blues' captain Crane first joined Lowestoft in March 2004 before joining King's Lynn a couple of years later. Upon the appointment of Carl Heggs in the summer of 2009, he rejoined the newly-promoted Ryman League Trawlerboys. The Great Yarmouth-based player says he has already had interest from a number of clubs who would be keen to secure his services.

Crane wrote, in a series of messages on social networking website Twitter: 'Lowie fans. Just to let you all know myself and the club have come to a mutual agreement to part company.

'To all the lads past and present at Lowie it's been an absolute pleasure. Enjoyed all the banter and nights out. So if anyone needs a fat, slow ball playing centre half let me know haha.'