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Harry Always Shown Leadership Quality

16 January 2015

Steve Davis says young defender has stepped in to relish captain's role

It hasn’t taken too long for Harry Davis to recapture his consistent form in the heart of the Crewe Alexandra defence. Davis needed knee surgery last March after picking up the injury in training, prematurely ending his participation in our bid for survival.

After months of hard rehabilitation, the Burnley born centre-back returned to first-team action in November away at Crawley Town and he has gone on to amass a further 10 appearances since. His consistent displays have helped the club collate 13 points in the process to help us move out of the bottom four.

In the absence of Club Captain Matt Tootle and Vice-captain Adam Dugdale, Davis has also proudly filled in as skipper in recent weeks and the Alex boss says the Academy graduate has always shown leadership qualities coming through the system. Davis was often captain of the age groups and was captain of the Youth Team before turning professional. 

Steve Davis said of his current captain’s return to the first team: “Since he came back from injury, Harry has been consistent in his performances. I think he has come back stronger and he worked hard on his physique when he was injured.

“He is 23 now and I always thought he would be captain material, like I was in my younger days at Crewe. I was captain of the club at 19. I perhaps wasn’t totally ready for it at that age but I thoroughly enjoyed it and it was a great experience.

“I know Harry is very proud to lead the team when Toots has been out. He relishes it. He, like Toots, has been at the club since the age of seven and has come all the way through the system.

The boss added: “To spend 15 years at any club is very rare in the modern era and that is why I think it is good that players like Toots and H have the armband. They have been here a long time and know all about what the club is about.”

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