James Collins admits that it is a blow to lose out to Carlisle United on the Morecambe wide man Jamie Devitt, but the club’s first-team coach believes that the players we are targeting will always have other options.
Crewe Alexandra felt they had made a strong case for the former Hull City youngster after holding talks with Devitt and his agent but in the end Carlisle’s financial package was greater and the 25-year-old elected to move to Cumbria on a two-year deal.
James told the club’s official web-site: “It is always a blow to lose out on a player you feel would come into the club and do well for you, but as long as I’ve been here as a player and coach, Crewe have always lost out on players. It happens.
“Bakes (Neil Baker) will tell you that you are bound to lose some along the way because of all sorts of reasons. All you can do is more on to the next one and try your best to get that one through the door.
“Jamie came and met Steve (Davis) and the talks were positive. He seemed to like it and seemed keen to come. I think it came down to the finances in the end. There are always going to be clubs who are prepared to pay a big more money than us. There are non-league teams who can pay more and we have to offer something different.
James added: “We have to offer the coaching, the facilities and player development. Players know that we will work with them here and we just have to keep working hard to get players in.”