Kyle McFadzean: Crawley Town defender battles back after virus

Kyle McFadzean

Crawley defender Kyle McFadzean says he will get stronger as he continues his comeback from a serious virus.

Illness ended the 26-year-old's 2012-13 campaign in November last year but he has made seven appearances for the Reds so far in the new season.

He told BBC Sussex: "I was a bit rusty in the first few games. I was out for 10 months and that was going to happen.

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Virus hard to deal with - McFadzean

"I reckon will be back to full fitness in about one or two months when I have played a few more games."

The centre-back added: "It's all over now and I'm getting fitter every game.

"I don't feel tired any more so everything is looking good."

McFadzean, who moved to the West Sussex club from Alfreton in 2010, says he found his time out on the sidelines difficult to deal with.

"I found it hard, sitting on the sofa for 10 months and not being able to do anything," he said.

"I didn't know what to do and I was thinking if I was going to play again.

"People were thinking 'he looks alright'. Trust me - I wanted to play football all last season but it just couldn't happen.

"I wasn't quite sure what would happen when I came back but the gaffer [Richie Barker] has had faith in me and put me in.

"I was a bit tired in the first few games but I think I am getting better and better each game and getting back to where I was."

Crawley rejected two bids for McFadzean in the recent transfer window, having previously seen off interest in the former Sheffield United trainee from Bristol City and Peterborough.

Despite knowing other clubs are after his services, McFadzean says he is happy to stay at the Broadfield Stadium while Richie Barker remains in charge.

"I just look at every game and try and perform in every game," he said.

"I want to play as high as I can, whether that is with Crawley or not.

"I haven't left because of the gaffer. He is probably the best I have worked under and he is helping me more and more.

"I don't want to leave as long as he is the manager. He is good with the players and always fair with us."

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