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Raynes Praises Artell After Alex Switch

30 June 2017

New Crewe Alexandra defender Michael Raynes has praised Manager David Artell for his approach in bringing the former Carlisle man to Gresty Road.

The 29-year-old turned down fresh terms at Brunton Park to join Crewe after talks with Artell & the location being so close to his family home in Manchester.

After getting married during the off-season, Raynes is in a happy place right now & can’t wait to get going in pre-season.

He exclusively told iFollow: “It’s good, I feel like a new kid walking in like being back at school!

“But it’s been good. The lads have been really welcoming, so I’m looking forward to getting going.

“I’ve become a married man this summer since signing, which is a bit different, but it was a great day. That’s done now, another thing ticked off the list & I’m ready for football now!

“It was difficult to leave Carlisle after two good years there, but when I came here I knew. It’s 45 minutes from my house, over the past ten years I’ve lived away from home for long periods so when something like this became available it was a no-brainer for me.

“The gaffer had a massive impact too. I’ve played against him numerous times & he sort of put it to me that he was in my position when we were a similar age & he said it was the best decision he ever made coming here. He said it wasn’t about chasing money up & down the motorways, it was about happiness.

“We had that conversation, & if I’m honest that sold the place to me & that was what made me sign here. He sold the Club to me, & that coupled with location-wise it was right for me.  

 “I just want to get going now & get into it. No one likes running but we’ve just got to get it out of the way & then when that’s done, we’ll be good to go."

Watch the full interview in full & exclusive on iFollow The Alex below


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