Chelsea’s youth goalkeeper Mitchell Beeney has agreed to head to Crawley Town on loan until the 3rd of January 2017, it has been confirmed.
The 20-year-old has yet to appear for Chelsea, though he did spend some time at Newport County on loan last season. He was on the bench for the Blues’ Premier League game with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge earlier this year, as well as during the club’s 3-1 win over Sporting Lisbon in December of 2014.
Dermot Drummy, the Head Coach at Crawley Town, worked with Beeney during his time at Chelsea’s Youth Academy. That included a period when Chelsea won the Under-21 Premier League in 2014, with Drummy as their head coach and Beeney as part of the team.
Speaking to the Reds’ official website, Drummy said, “I know Mitch well from my time at Chelsea and he is a great addition to our squad. He’s got lots of experience at under-21 level both here and overseas but he needs to get Football League experience and this is his opportunity, to fight with Yusif Mersin and of course Glenn Morris for the goalkeeper’s spot. We look forward to seeing him next week when we report back for pre-season and to him making a big contribution for us next season”.
Beeney’s career began at Gillingham in 2004 where he spent three years as part of the youth academy. He was signed by Chelsea in 2007 and joined the Under-18 squad before gaining a place in the Under-21 side. He made four appearances whilst on loan at Newport County.
Beeney is the eighth new player to arrive at Crawley Town so far this summer, with more expected.