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Tate: "I Am Here To Help"

26 September 2014

Alan Tate says his loan move is all about helping Crewe move away from the relegation zone

On loan defender Alan Tate says he cannot wait to get back to playing competitive football again and help Crewe Alexandra move away from the relegation zone. The Swansea City defender is set to make his Alex debut at some point tomorrow against Colchester after signing for an initial 93 days.

Tate, who has represented his parent club Swansea in every division, is sure to add a level of experience to the Crewe dressing room.

The 32-year-old central defender told Crewe Alex Player: “I am ready to go and try and help Crewe. It will good for me to get back playing but this loan isn’t about me, it is about the team and helping Crewe move up some places in the table.

“It is a good club and I have played against them a few times so I knew what to expect. I also played against Crewe kids when I was at Manchester United as a kid, so I knew the training ground and the facilities here.

“I have been in relegation fights before at Swansea and it has been some journey for me at the club over the 12 years I’ve been there.

“I am here to help Crewe though and I feel that my experience and leadership qualities can help the squad. I think being a leader is a natural thing for me. I have captained most of the sides I’ve been at from an early age and as a senior player I think I can pass on some of my knowledge to the younger ones.

“As a team we need to get some points on the board, but there is a long way to go in the season. As a footballer we say that the league doesn’t really take shape until after 10 to 12 games and we are not there yet, so we will see where we are.

 Alan added: “It can quickly turn around and with two home games coming up in quick succession it is an opportunity to get points on the board. If we can collect some points over the next few days then our league position could be looking a lot healthier.”

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