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Striker Matt Tubbs is not ruling out a permanent move to Crawley Town

By Crawley News  |  Posted: February 19, 2014

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MATT TUBBS is not ruling out a permanent move to Crawley Town in the summer, but admits the ball is in manager John Gregory's court.

The striker rejoined the Reds at the start of January, less than two years after leaving for hometown club AFC Bournemouth.

The loan was initially for just a month, but Gregory almost immediately negotiated for it to be extended until the end of the season after Tubbs impressed in training.

And although the striker insists he is not thinking too far ahead, he would not rule out staying in Sussex.

"I've never been one to close a door on an opportunity," Tubbs said. "Crawley Town is a great club and obviously a club very close to my heart. At the moment I just want to get to full fitness and keep playing games.

"My loan has just been extended until the end of the season, which is good because I came here to play games and I'd be going back having only played twice.

"Now I'm here until the end of the season it gives the manager a chance to look at me because really the ball will be in his court.

"I've not really thought about it though; I've still got a year left at Bournemouth and it is literally just a case of playing as much as I can and helping Crawley move up the table."

Gregory told Reds fans last Thursday that Tubbs' salary might be a sticking point in a potential permanent move, admitting the Cherries are currently paying part of the striker's wages.

Gregory said: It could be difficult. He is on a good contract at Bournemouth and it might be hard to match that.

"He is on good money and they are paying part of his salary while he is on loan here."

But the striker hinted he might be willing to take a pay cut if it was the right move.

"They say money makes the world go round, but also money doesn't buy you happiness," the 29-year-old added.

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