Chairman John Bowler says he was impressed by young players maturity during tough season
Crewe Alexandra chairman John Bowler has praised the maturity of the club’s young players in handling a relegation battle at the bottom of League One. Bowler, who received the Football League’s Contribution to League Football award back in March, was impressed with the way the likes of Ben Garratt, Billy Waters, Jon Guthrie, Liam Nolan and Oliver Turton handled a pressure situation to help the club to safety on the final day of the season.
John Bowler told the club’s official web-site: “The thing that really struck me was the way the young players handled everything. They showed great maturity and were not fazed by it. It is one thing playing for the Under-21s or the Youth team but quite enough to play in front of 7,500 against Preston or away at Wolves.
“They handled it superbly well and they played their part. We are always keen to give our young players a chance and we ended the season with six former Academy players in the team and that is a good mix.
"We are delighted that those young players have all re-signed for the club and extended their contracts. The youth remains our lifeblood and that is why we have been keen to offer professional contracts to six first-team scholars and there are more coming through to join them.
“Ben Garratt is only 20 and that is young for a goalkeeper, but he is incredibly mature as a young man and has taken his chance. He is keen to improve and learn and if we could produce a future Premier League goalkeeper then that is something we would all be proud of that because it is something we haven’t been able to do.”