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27 June 2013

Baker happy with new signings but wants more to increase standard

Neil Baker has told the club’s official web-site that the acquisition of the experienced Thierry Audel will increase the competition right across the back four. Audel can operate at either right-back or in the centre of the defence and Baker is pleased that the former Macclesfield Town man has chosen to come to Crewe and put pressure on those ahead of them.

The club’s assistant manager has already stated this week that the capture of the 26-year Frenchman is with one eye on the future, but is quick to point out that the combative defender is more than capable of forcing his way into the starting line-up for the start of the season.

Baker told “Thierry will be a very good addition to the squad because he is competitive and he can play at right back or in the centre.

“He is a big lad and is quite old and experienced compared to the ones we are able to bring in. He has played in a few countries and he is good enough to put the pressure on the likes of Tootle and Mellor.

“He can still improve. He can be rash and concede free-kicks and penalties but he will learn. We will get that out on him and par to the attraction was for him to come here and develop. He knows what we are about as a club and we have one eye on the future with him.

“Kelvin is one of a few of our players who is out of contract next summer, so I’m sure Steve (Davis) will be talking to him sooner rather than later. “

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