Steve Davis says youngster will not be treated any differently
Steve Davis says that Max Clayton’s decision not to extend his stay with the club beyond his current contract would not affect his decision making when it comes to selecting the England Under-19 International.
Davis revealed this week that it appears almost certain that the young forward will not be signing a new contract with the club this summer, but that doesn’t mean that the talented teenager would not be a part of his plans.
If Clayton does not sign a new contract before the summer of 2014, the club are entitled to a transfer fee set by tribunal.
The Crewe Alexandra boss told crewealex.net: “Max is still very much our player and will be treated accordingly. He still has a contract here and we don’t want him to leave. If it comes to it and he does go then we are entitled to compensation and he has been here a long time and been developed by Dario and our coaches. He has also been a part of the England set-up or the past four or five as as well so people are ware of him.
“We just offered him a new contract to help him and to protect ourselves a bit as a club. We wanted to do him a favour and make sure he is in and around our team and playing competitively in League One.
“If he does the business for us, plays well and score goals then he would play and be involved.
“Now we just have to try and get the best out of him. I enjoy working with him and trying to improve him. I don’t think he is ready to move on yet, but that is my opinion. Others might think differently.
Steve added: “I just want him to make sure I have to pick him and the best way he can do that is by scoring goals. I am sure there are clubs that have watched him and know what he is capable of, but he is still very much our player.”