'TOWIE' star Mark Wright dropped by Crawley Town Football Club after less than six months

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Crawley Town's Mark Wright warms up prior to during the Emirates FA Cup third round match at the People's Pension Stadium, Crawley.
Mark Wright made his professional footballing debut in Crawley Town's FA Cup match against Leeds. (PA)

Mark Wright has been released by Crawley Town Football Club after just six months and two matches.

The 34-year-old reality TV star — who found fame on The Only Way Is Essex — signed up to the Sky Bet League Two club on a non-contract basis in December 2020.

Wright has now been named as one of six players being released by Crawley FC.

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The TV presenter - whose wife is former Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan - wrote on Instagram: "After 8 months of an incredible time and memories I won’t forget, I want to thank everyone at @officialcrawleytownfc for giving me the amazing opportunity to do what I love one last time.

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Thanks to everyone for your support on this journey and for those that watched the doc on the BBC.

"It was only ever going to be a short run due to my other work commitments, which I must admit I found very challenging, juggling everything together but we made it work and what an incredible experience it was, the fact I got to do this with my brother @joshwright4444 too is something as kids we could have only ever dreamed for.

"Injuries got in the way of fulfilling this journey to its full potential, but the fact I even had another taste of the beautiful game, will be something I’ll never forget. Another life goal."

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 07: Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright attend The Global Awards 2019 at Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on March 07, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Mark Wright is married to actor Michelle Keegan. (Getty Images)

He added: "P.S. I may do pre season with the club to get next level fit as I never did a pre season last year. So Crawley fans if you’re back by then I hope to see ya then."

Wright — who competed in Strictly Come Dancing in 2014 — trained with the club last year for two months before he was announced to have been signed a player.

He had previously played with the team 13 years ago, before finding fame on ITV2 reality show TOWIE.

Wright made a documentary for BBC iPlayer about his attempts to become a professional footballer called Mark Wright: The Last Chance.

Crawley Town substitute Mark Wright waits to come on during the Emirates FA Cup third round match at the People's Pension Stadium, Crawley.
Mark Wright on the sidelines at the People's Pension Stadium in Crawley. (PA)

The Take Me Out: The Gossip presenter — who in the past trained with Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur — made his debut for Crawley as a substitute in their FA Cup win against Leeds in January.

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He also played in their February defeat by Harrogate in February, but was taken off at half-time.

When he announced his signing to Crawley Town last year Wright said: "My love for the game has never gone away and the fact that I never played a professional game in the Football League has always niggled away at me. If I don’t do it now, I never will.”

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