Reality TV star Mark Wright has been axed by League Two side Crawley Town after
just six months at the club. The 34-year-old full-back, best known for appearing on
ITV’s The Only Way Is Essex, joined the League Two side in December and has struggled
to make an impact since his arrival.
Crawley has declined the opportunity to extend Wright’s contract beyond the end of
the season. The club confirmed he is one of six players who are leaving the club in
a statement on Tuesday afternoon.
A former star of The Only Way Is Essex, things did not get off to a great start for
Wright at Crawley.
In his first start for the club against Harrogate Town in February, he was taken off at
half-time with the team 3-0 down.
His only other appearance for the team was in the FA Cup when he came on as a
90th-minute substitute against Leeds in January.
Wright, whose wife is actress Michelle Keegan, was also humiliated by the video game
developers of FIFA earlier this year.
The Essex-born player was rated the worst player on the latest edition of the game –
FIFA 21 – after he arrived at Crawley.
In response to his 47 out of 100 rating, he joked: “RUDE – I’m switching back to Pro Evo.”
As a youth player, Wright spent time at West Ham, Arsenal, and Tottenham,
before Southen United and then Grays Athletic in their senior squads.
After turning out for a number of lower league clubs, Wright hung up his boots at
Thurrock in 2011.
It is not yet clear whether he will continue his career as a footballer.