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Artell:"We Won't Be Messed About Over Contracts"

13 April 2018

Boss says Crewe youngsters have to show some loyalty after club helped them realise their dream.

Although boss David Artell says that contract talks are progressing nicely with Callum Ainley, James Jones and Charlie Kirk, he has defiantly stated that he and the club will not under any circumstances be ‘messed about this summer.’

The Crewe boss says that the club has been nothing but fair with our three out of contracts players and he remains hopeful that they will sign new deals with us. He hopes they will follow their team-mates, Dave Richards, Harry Pickering, Lewis Reilly and Owen Dale by penning new deals sooner rather than later.

Artell has reiterated this week that the club will not wait forever for those players to commit their futures.

He explained to “We have had constructive talks with Callum and his agent last week and he has informed us that we will know on a decision by the week following the end of the season. Hopefully, we will hear something before that but we will know one way or another by then.

“All we have said to the players and to the agents is for them to be fair. I’ve just told them that we won’t be messed about. I could mess them around just as much, but I don’t want to go down that road. That really isn’t me or this Football Club. That is not our values but I do think they owe the club, I’ve told them that.

“Now their agent might be telling them that they don’t owe us anything but I think they do. We have given them every opportunity here to realise their dream of becoming a professional footballer, so we don’t deserve to be screwed over.

“We want them to be fair and honest with us because we have had them here since they were kids. When they were 7 or 8 and they wanted to be footballers, we gave them that dream. When they were 14 and were being coached at Reaseheath at night, it was us that gave them that dream.

“When they turned professional and played at Gresty Road for the first team, it was us making that all possible.

He added: “Now, they have played their part too by working hard because it is difficult to become a professional footballer, but we have more than helped them realise that dream, so they cannot think that they can put two fingers up now. I won’t be having that.”  

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