Homesick Willie Gibson joins St Johnstone from Crawley on loan

Crawley winger Willie Gibson
Gibson joined Crawley in January and helped them win promotion to League Two

St Johnstone have signed winger Willie Gibson on loan from Crawley Town until January, with the League Two club citing homesickness for the move.

The 27-year-old had joined Crawley in January from Dunfermline Athletic and helped his new club win the Blue Square Bet Premier title.

But Crawley manager Steve Evans said: "Homesickness is a terrible thing and there is only one cure - go home.

"We came to a financial agreement with St Johnstone."

The Scottish Premier League club are now seeking international clearance to allow the midfielder to be involved in Wednesday's Scottish Communities League Cup tie against Livingston.

Dumfries-born Gibson had started his career with hometown club Queen of the South and moved to Kilmarnock then Dunfermline before making 15 appearances for Crawley.

"St Johnstone have been keen on Willie for a while, as have a few other clubs in Scotland and the North West of England, but the player made it clear this was the club for him," Evans told Crawley's website.

"Willie has two young children up in Scotland and he missed them dearly.

"He found every day hard, but thankfully we have got a resolution for the time being.

"There is an option for the lad to move to Scotland on a permanent basis subject to certain clauses in the loan move being met in January.

"He is a terrific footballer, but we did not see the best of him.

"Off the field, he is a smashing lad, but deep down he wanted to be with his kids and, to a man here, we can all understand that.

"We will have him watched on a regular basis and I will be talking to him often, but he can now concentrate on his football."

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