Midfielder Andrew Crofts signed for Norwich from Brighton, where
he had been club captain and player of the year, on 21st May 2010
Crofts was born in Chatham, Kent. Between the ages of 10 and
15 he attended weekly training sessions organised by Premier League
club Chelsea. He also tried out on two occasions for the English
Schools Football Association's national schoolboy team, but was
He signed for Gillingham as a trainee and went on to make 174
appearances for them, scoring 17 goals before falling out of favour
with manager Mk Stimson and was loaned out to Peterborough in
November 2008 and Wrexham in January 2009.
He signed for Brighton on 29th June 2009 and was made captain
by Gus Poyet.
As one of his grandparents was born in Wales he was eligible
to play for the Welsh national team, and after representing the
country at under-19 and under-21 level he won his first senior
cap in 2005 against Azerbaijan.
Andrew made his debut in the 3-2 defeat at home to Watford on
6th August 2010, but scored Norwich's first goal. He played a
key role (44 games, 8 goals) as Norwich won promotion to the Premiership,
on 2nd May 2011 with a 1-0 win at Portsmouth
Crofts finished the 2011/12 season with 26 appearances as Norwich
finished 12th in the Premier League
He returned to Brighton for an undisclosed fee on 2nd August
On 19th March 2016, Crofts rejoined Gillingham on loan until the end of the 2015/16 season. He had made 18 appearances for Albion that season, but had not featured for Chris Hughton's side since February. He made six appearances for Gillingham.
Crofts was released by Brighton on 20th May 2016. He had played 75 games for Brighton since joining from Norwich in 2012 and had scored six goals.
Crofts joined Charlton on trial in July 2016. This led to him signing a one year contract with the Addicks on 22nd July 2016. New Addicks boss Russell Slade previously signed Crofts in the summer of 2009 when manager of Brighton.