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Davis On January Transfer Window

12 January 2016

Alex boss says it is becoming harder to hold onto young players.

Steve Davis says the club would not stand in the way of any of his players if the right offer came in during the January window. The Alex boss is hoping to keep his own group of players together for the second half of the season - but he also appreciates that may be difficult if the right bid came in for one of his talented young players such as Ben Garratt, James Jones or Ryan Colclough.

 The club have received no official bids for any of our players but Davis has already stated that those three players certainly possess the pedigree and potential to play at a higher level.

The Crewe boss says that rebuilding his team is always on the agenda because of players moving on, but he admits that is part of the job at a League One club.

Steve told the club’s official web-site: “I’m sure clubs are aware of our young players and it is our business model to play our own kids and sell them on when they are ready. That hasn’t changed.

“We are always liable to lose players and it is something to have to cope with at a club like Crewe. I always have to rebuild and bring players in to supplement what we have coming through the Academy. That is the job.

“Players will go at some point and if the offer is good for all parties then we don’t stand in their way.

“It is only really the top clubs who can look to keep their players on a long-term basis. At our level there are many reasons why a player may move on. We might get an offer we cannot refuse, they may go on a free transfer if they go over the age of 24 or they might be good enough for the level and we release them.

“We had 9 Academy players in the team when we won promotion from League Two and then we lost Nick Powell and Ashley Westwood fairly quickly and then Luke Murphy went a year later. We lost three of our key players and that is what can happen.

“If we had managed to have kept them and added more quality then we wouldn’t have struggled at the bottom of League One but that isn’t going to happen and that is how the club evolves.”

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