A PHONE call from Hong Kong proved to be the ace in the pack for Crawley Town's successful pursuit of Charlie Wassmer.
The 19-year-old centre-back said it was “one of the toughest decisions of my life” to quit Hayes & Yeading, but the intervention of Crawley Town co-owner Bruce Winfield played a key role in persuading him to sign for the ambitious Sussex club.
Winfield was over in the Far East on business, but that did not stop him contacting Wassmer and persuading the player to join the Blue Square Premier Champions-elect.
“The Crawley Town owner rang me up from Hong Kong and that said an awful lot,” Wassmer revealed. “That showed how much they wanted me and I am thankful that they put in a bid.”
Wassmer has initially joined Crawley on loan, but he has signed a two-year pre-contract deal that will come into effect at the end of the season.
Hayes & Yeading have received an undisclosed fee for Wassmer and there is no arrangement to stop him playing against his old club at Broadfield Stadium on Tuesday.
Wassmer said he agonised over his decision to leave Hayes & Yeading, but the lure of Crawley was just too great.
“It was one of the hardest decisions of my life – at first I was not sure if I was going to do it,” he admitted. “It took Crawley about three hours to persuade me to go.
“I owe everything to Hayes & Yeading. I played for the Hayes youth team from the age of nine and progressed through to the first-team. They made me what I am today and I would not have got this move but for Hayes & Yeading.
“Garry Haylock showed confidence in me and other young players coming through. I am sure other young players will come through in the same way.
“Long-term, it is a better stepping stone for me at Crawley. It is looking like they will be promoted to League Two and when a club like Crawley comes in for you it is hard to turn down. I got told there was other clubs interested, but Crawley were the first club to show an interest in me.”
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