Crawley Town are set to complete the signing of Chesterfield defender Laurence Maguire as Scott Lindsey’s side aim to tighten their defensive line following Saturday’s heavy defeat according to journalist Alan Nixon.
The 26-year-old is the brother of England and Manchester United defender Harry Maguire and he’s set to swap the National League for the EFL.
Who is Laurence Maguire?
The defender is a product of the Chesterfield youth setup and has spent his entire career with the club aside from a 2017 loan spell with fellow National League side AFC Fylde.
Maguire made 18 appearances for the Spireites last season, including both of their play-off matches before their eventual defeat to Notts County. In total, the defender has made over 160 first-team appearances for the club but is now set to depart after failing to make an appearance this season.
A great start… almost
Until Saturday, Crawley Town had a truly outstanding start to the 2023/24 League Two season beating Bradford City on the opening day, before drawing with Salford and beating MK Dons.
However, things then took a turn for the club as they suffered back-to-back losses, conceding seven goals without reply. They lost 1-0 to Gillingham, before losing 6-0 to Swindon Town with Jake Young grabbing four of the goals.
What’s been said?
According to Alan Nixon, Chesterfield and Crawley Town have agreed a fee for the centre-back and he is set to complete a move to the League Two side before Friday’s deadline and should sign in time for Saturday’s clash against Stockport County.
Maguire has played a crucial leadership role for Chesterfield and has stayed loyal despite the side’s fall from League One into the National League, but he hasn’t played much this season and also struggled with injuries last season.
As for Crawley, they will be adding further quality at the back, which was needed after their 6-0 defeat at the weekend, but he hasn’t played much and it is arguably another risky piece of business from the club.