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Non-League Recruitment Had To Change

23 March 2016

Steve Davis says club have to move quicker in the non-league market to land promising youngsters.

Steve Davis says that Crewe Alexandra have had to develop a new recruitment strategy to make sure we are still in the market to land promising non-league players. The club moved swiftly to sign Daniel Udoh from Ilkeston on Monday after Head of Recruitment Neil Baker and his scouts watched the 19-year-old in action for the Evo-Stick Northern Premier League club.

Udoh has signed for two years and the Alex boss has not ruled out using the hard working centre-forward in the run-in if he can adjust quickly to life in the professional game.

The Crewe boss told the club’s official web-site: “We have had to alter our strategy because the days have gone when we could go out 15/20 years ago and pluck the best players from non-league.

“There are scouts from a host whole of clubs now. They are all watching them and when bigger clubs get involved then they have the resources to blow us out of the water. That was the case with Che Adams. We had earmarked him and should have moved faster to make sure we got him from Ilkeston.

“We dallied a bit and when Sheffield United came in we couldn’t get anywhere near what they were offering.

“The players are out there in the non-league and it is just about spotting that potential and making our move earlier than the others.

“Neil (Baker) has a good eye for spotting talent in the lower leagues and as a manager you have to trust his judgement and act quickly.

He added: “Some have come off and some haven’t but that can be the case with any player. What you have to do is act decisively and hopefully we have got a bargain with Daniel.”

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