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Artell Wants Ray To Become Mainstay Of His Team

11 May 2017

David Artell remains hopeful that his captain will commit his future this summer.

Crewe Alexandra manager David Artell wants George Ray to re-sign this summer and become a rally key player for us next season. Artell was as good as his word when taking over from Steve Davis in January, promising his entire squad a fresh opportunity to impress. Ray took his chance with both hands and was even handed the captain’s armband following Ryan Lowe’s departure to Bury as a player/coach.

Ray, 23, made 18 appearances for the club in the second half of the season, scoring a vital winner away at Portsmouth in March. Sadly, his season was ended prematurely due to a fracture in his back sustained away at Yeovil.

Ray is under 24, so the club would be in a position to receive compensation for a player they have developed from a young age and helped turn into a Wales Under-21 International. Artell is hoping that Ray will sign though and avid the prospect of a tribunal.

Artell told the club’s official web-site: “George I expect to sign, he came in the team and did fine. He deserves a new deal and hopefully he''ll be a mainstay of the team.”

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