By Scott Taylor
Yusuf Mersin has signed for Crawley Town just over two years since his release from Liverpool. The Turkish goalkeeper, 21, moved to Liverpool as a highly-rated prodigy but competition for places restricted his game time. After falling behind Danny Ward and Ryan Fulton in the pecking order, he was released in May 2014, and signs for Crawley two years later.
Mersin signed for Liverpool from Millwall in January 2011 for an estimated fee of £1m, and made his debut for the U18s weeks later. His first season at the Kirkby Academy ended on a high when he was a substitute for the U21s.
However, just as it looked like he would live up to his expectations, he quickly fell away, and youngsters Danny Ward and Tyrell Belford were the prepared pair for the U21s, and he returned to the U18s.
In his first full season with the club, Mersin made just one appearance for the U18s as Scotland U21 goalkeeper Ryan Fulton was the preferred choice in goal.
Despite his lack of game time, he made the step up to the U21s in the 2013/14 season, where he made seven appearances for Alex Inglethorpe’s side, keeping three clean sheets.
After being released, he joined Turkish side Kasimpasa II on a free transfer, but failed to make a single first-team appearance.
He returns to England after signing for Crawley, and he will be looking to kick-start his career with Dermot Drummy’s side.