Artell confident that his key defender and leader will sign new deal.
David Artell has reiterated the importance of his captain George Ray as the two men look to resolve his contract situation next week. Ray is out of contract this summer but the club would receive training compensation if he was to move due to his age.
The Crewe Alexandra boss fully expects the 23-year-old defender to commit his future to the club next week and then place himself forward for the captaincy.
Artell told the club’s official web-site: “I was told when I was 17 that footballers are self-employed. I couldn't get my head round it. But the point was – don't blame your coach, your team-mates, lack of opportunity, the weather, your mum not packing your shinpads – it's your career.
“George quite rightly said he's never been in a situation like this before. That's fair enough; he has to make sure he does what's right for himself.
“At the same time I know the level of offer we've made him, his standing within the team and squad, my vision for him – it's a no-brainer.
“I think George thinks it's no-brainer but I'm not sure the people around him think it's a no-brainer.
He added: “I've said to George there are integral players and there are integral and important players. He's integral and important to me and this club. That would be enough for me if I was a player; hopefully it's enough for George.”