James Collins believes that Ryan Wintle's break through year will only help him as he comes back from injury.
James Collins has backed midfielder Ryan Wintle to come back stronger next season. The former Alsager Town youngster marked his senior debut last season, making three substitute appearances before a fracture in his foot prematurely ended his campaign.
The club are hopeful that the 21-year-old will press for more first team appearances next season and chip in with a few of his trademark goals from midfield. Wintle has been a regular goalscorer for Alex Morris’ Development Squad and processes a powerful shot from distance.
The club’s first team coach told crewealex.net: “Ryan hit the ground running when he first came here and it was a considerable step up from what he was used to at Alsager.
“When a player does come from non-league, the full-time training came sometimes catch you out. It was his body’s way of saying that he probably needed a rest and I am sure he will come back stronger for it.
“It is not an easy test to make that step up into League football but he knows he has to work hard to get into the team. Ryan is capable of chipping in with a goal or two and that is something we need to improve on from midfield.”