Kuipers off to Crawley

Keeper leaves Seagulls after a decade of loyal service

Kuipers: Time for a change

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Michel Kuipers has left Brighton as a free agent and linked up with Sussex neighbours Crawley Town.

The Dutch keeper was informed that he was no longer required at the Withdean Stadium towards the end of the 2009/10 campaign.

There had been suggestions he could stay on at the club on a non-contract basis, with the 35-year-old a true Seagulls stalwart.

He has, however, broken ties with the club after 10 years of loyal service and has taken on a new challenge in the non-league.

Ambitious

Kuipers has penned a one-year deal with Blue Square Premier side Crawley, with Town boss Steve Evans, who once took the Dutchman to Boston on loan, delighted to have secured his services.

"Michel is well known to me," he said.

"I have worked with him before and we have kept a fantastic relationship, we always maintained we would like to work with each other again one day and that will now happen.

"He is ambitious, still wants success and him signing will help take us where we want to be."