The Crawley Town star left Reading Football Club, his loan to Havant and Waterlooville and welcomed his best friend Grego-Cox to the team


The 22-year-old had never played a professional football game before arriving at Broadfield Stadium in August 2020.

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But since Yems sang the youngster, Frost has had plenty of opportunities to show off what he can do in front of the Reds loyalists.

Tyler Frost in action this season

“I come from under 23 football and he threw me in the deep end, which I like, last season I came in and started right away.

“Personally, I wasn’t expecting it, but I think I showed that I was capable.

“But things have happened during the season that were and were not under my control and I think he knows when I might need a break and he knows what I’m capable of.”

Frost had a few days of trial before Yems signed him for good. And Frost thinks he’s the kind of player the manager likes.

He said: “I’m pretty straightforward which in this league can help.

“Every now and then there are times when the ball has to be put into a channel to be chased and I chase them.

“I work hard. Some teams have said ‘he’s a hard-working winger,’ which can be good and bad.

“Sometimes I work too hard and lose energy. It’s just about learning how to use your energy and how to get your team in shape.

“I feel like I’m growing up and personally this season has been a step forward compared to last season.

“And now it’s just to be more consistent, which I think I’ve done a little bit more, but when the results are like when they are, it’s not about individual performance. The performance is only as good as the result.

“It’s tough right now, but we just have to accept the challenge and keep going. “

Frost learned of his delay in Reading. He joined the Championship club when he was just nine years old and went through the ages until his release in July 2020.

And he thinks it was the right time for him to go.

He said: “I kind of knew my time was coming to an end, I didn’t walk away from there with a grudge. That’s how it is, it’s football.

“I enjoyed my time there and I still have friends there and I follow them.

“In a way, I was pretty happy to be let go.

“Today, 21 is not young and you have players who play first team football at 17 or 18 years old. I wanted to do it, but it didn’t happen.

” I came here [Crawley] at the right time for me.

While in Reading, Frost was loaned to Havant and Waterlooville.

He only played seven games, but it was an important moment in Frost’s career and helped Crawley’s arrival.

Manager Havant at the time? Reds assistant Lee Bradbury.

Frost said: “It was under Bradders which is good.

“There were some things that happened that made me not stay, but while I was there I think I was doing myself a credit.

“I really enjoyed my stay in Havant and it was a good base for me to come to Crawley.”

And coming from Under-23 football in Reading to League Two football, Frost needed that experience on the National League side. So what’s the difference?

Frost said, “It’s a lot more aggressive and physical. I certainly had to learn more. But you still have to play football.

“The team we have right now is certainly full of football players.

“We may not be the greatest team but we have a decent football team so sometimes the performances are good but sometimes the results don’t go our way.

“But it’s the result that counts in the end and that’s what I’ve learned since I got under 23 [at Reading].

“In the 23 you could play well and that would be good. If you play well here and lose, that’s important.

One of Frost’s best friends at Crawley is Reece Grego-Cox, and the forward is thrilled to see his buddy back in action after a 620-day absence.

He said: “We travel together in the driving school.

“I’ve seen him from the start of his injury until now and I’m so proud of him he’s done great things.”

He deserves an opportunity, he worked extremely hard. But we are fighting for the same place in the team so it’s a catch-22, there is no bitterness. We drive, we kick each other in practice, then we kiss after practice, then get in the car together and laugh.


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