Steve wants to keep the nucleus of his team together as we aim to bounce back from relegation.
Steve Davis is hoping to retain the services of his young goalkeeper Ben Garratt this summer. The Shrewsbury-born stopper has been linked with a possible move away from the Alexandra Stadium over the last couple of seasons and although Davis believes that his number one is ‘more than ready’ to make a step up, he wants to retain the 22-year-old for an assault on promotion.
Garratt has now surpassed over 100 first team appearances for the club having made his debut on the final day of the 2012/13 season against Walsall and Davis admits that without his shot saving ability Crewe could well have conceded a lot more goals than we have.
Steve said at the recent fans forum: “Ben has had another good season for us and he is still reasonably young for a goalkeeper. He is English, just 22 and has played over 100 games. There are not many of those types around.
“He has had great experience of playing in League One and although I do think he is more than capable of stepping up, we don’t want to lose him.
“We have to improve the protection he and the back players get. There is a lot of pressure on our back four and we need to improve as a whole defensive unit because the opposition do get on our back four too quickly.
He added: “We need to get that balance right and make us harder to score against.”