Fans' favourite Matt Tubbs will not be returning to the Broadfield Stadium this summer.
It was announced today that the former Crawley Town fans' favourite has joined former Reds' manager, Steve Evans' team Rotherham United on a six-month loan deal.
Tubbs had fallen down the pecking order after joining hometown club AFC Bournemouth from Crawley 18 months ago; and it was expected he would leave Dean Court this summer.
However, Tubbs who is based in the Bournemouth area is thought to have favoured staying in the south of England. Meaning the club where he had so much success, Crawley, was a very likely option.
He told the Crawley News last month: "I'm 28, nearly 29, and so if I was going to move somewhere that far away I would have to talk to my family - it's a long way from the south coast."
He went on to say: "Crawley is obviously a lot closer than Rotherham, but I don't know what is going to happen at the moment."
Crawley later publicly made know that they had interest in the striker and fans were hoping of a fairy tale comeback for the player that they loved so much; but now that is not going to happen.
It can only make Reds' fans ponder over the whole situation. Is Tubbs just after money and not after playing the game he should love? After all the main reason why Crawley have not bought many players this year is because they cannot afford the high wages that many players today push for.
Did the striker turn down the deal because he favoured money over coming back to the club which made him known? Or is it that he would prefer linking up with former manager Steve Evans who was in charge of Crawley and brought Tubbs to Crawley, during his time being at the helm of the West Sussex side?
We may never know the true answer to any of those questions but what is certain is that Matt Tubbs will be returning to the Broadfield Stadium this year, just not in a Crawley shirt.
He will instead be representing Rotherham and I'm sure that the Reds players that were there during the time of Tubbs will want to beat Rotherham even more now, as former boss Steve Evans and now former player Matt Tubbs will be visiting.
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