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Still Interested In Experienced Tate

24 June 2015

Alex boss says he would still be interested in signing Alan Tate following his release from Swansea.

Steve Davis has not ruled out trying to sign the experienced defender Alan Tate. The Alex boss says that the former Swansea City legend has expressed an interest in re-joining Crewe on a permanent basis following his successful loan spell with us last season. Tate added a calming influence in a back three or when he was asked to move into a holding centre-midfield role.

Tate was a key member of the squad until an ankle injury ruled him out of the run-in. The former Leeds and Yeovil man remained in South Cheshire though to add his experience to the dressing room.

Davis has admitted that he is looking to add some experienced professionals to his young squad and although he says two midfield players and anew left back remain his priority, he is hoping that there would be enough left in the budget to make Tate an offer. Tate was released by his parent club Swansea City after almost 13 years of service at the Welsh club.

Steve told the club’s official web-site: “I have kept in contact with Alan and I think he has expressed an interest about coming here if we can sort something out. I told him that my priority has to be on the midfield area and a new left-back at the moment. Any money I do have has to be spent on improving us in those areas. 

“I would also need another goalkeeper if Scott (Shearer) was to leave but Alan is one we would consider because I could do with another centre-half. He fits the bill. We would want an experienced one there, who can help the young ones, like he did for us last season. He had that real calming influence and would be one the younger ones would go to.

“Alan has great experience and he knows what this club is about. He settled in really well and was great around the place. He is the type we would want to add to the squad but much would depend on what I have left in the budget.

He added: “All we can do is see how it goes but if financially we could do then we would be interested in Tatey, because he has the right character.”


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