League One transfer latest: Ex-Arsenal midfielder joins Crawley Town

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Crawley Town made their seventh signing yesterday with the addition of striker Izale McLeod, and they made it eight today by bringing in former Arsenal and Hull City midfielder Conor Henderson. The 22-year-old left the Gunners last summer in order to join Hull, but was released by the Tigers this summer having failed to make an impact - leading to his one-year deal with Crawley.

"He was highly regarded at Arsenal but then suffered a bad knee injury which affected his progress," Crawley boss John Gregory said, "I have spoken to Hull manager Steve Bruce at length about him and he speaks very highly of Conor."

"He is coming down a level to play for us but he sees it as a move which will progress his career in the right direction. He's very skilful, passes it and keeps possession well and is a threat in the box too."

Another former Arsenal player was on the move today, as winger Luke Freeman left Stevenage in order to return to League One with Bristol City. The 22-year-old suffered relegation under Graham Westley last season, but it hasn't taken him long to move back to the third tier as the Robins continue to strengthen.

"The enthusiasm to do well made me come here, as well as the enthusiasm from Steve Cotterill," Freeman told BBC Radio Bristol. "Like any footballer, I want to play at the highest level I can. I believe Bristol City have the right attributes to go up and I'm really happy to be here."

Meanwhile, Premier League new boys Leicester City have set their sights on signing Port Vale defender Joe Davis. The Foxes want the 20-year-old to join the development squad at the King Power Stadium, but Vale boss Micky Adams - who has previously managed Leicester - doesn't think moving to a development squad would be a good move, but with the defender out of contract, there isn't much he can do about it.

"Leicester City have shown an interest in him to be part of him development squad, and I stress development squad," Adams told BBC Radio Stoke. "There's potential with Joe, and once he's declined his contract with us, we have to do what's best for the club."

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