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Steve: "We Will Aim To Bridge Gap"

18 May 2015

Steve Davis aims to improve steps through from the Academy into the first team squad.

Steve Davis has revealed that the club will look to ease the passage from Youth Team football, through to Under-21 football and ultimately into first team football for our young players. The Alex boss and his support staff will be looking to implement a structure to help the young professionals at the club make that step up into the first-team environment.

The Alex boss has recognized the need for a more hands on approach for those youngsters aiming to bridge that gap into senior football.

Steve told “The step up from Under-18 football into Under-21 is big enough for any young player, never mind stepping into first team football. That is a massive step and can be difficult for some of them to bridge.

“They have to work enormously hard to improve and develop physically. They don’t get that support they perhaps had throughout their time in the Academy and that is something we have touched on and will look to do better.

“We will look to improve the support we give to that 18-21 age group and provide the support they need to try and bridge that gap.

“When they step into the first team squad they can be level to themselves a bit and have to cope with those set-back and knockbacks that occur with every career. It isn’t easy.

He added: “They can sometimes take things for granted and believe that when they sign a professional contract they will go on and play 100, 200 games. Crewe give opportunities to young players but they have to realise that it is hard work and they have to make the most of their opportunities.”

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