David Artell believes that the club’s youngsters realise the opportunities they have had coming through the Academy system here. The Crewe Alexandra boss, who worked in the club’s Academy system before succeeding Steve Davis just over 12 months ago, says that has not always been the case.
He argues that 95% of the time the club’s youngsters always feel loyalty to the club that helped developed them as footballers.
David told us: “I saw that Tom (Lowery) said he felt he owed the club something after we bought him here at nine. That is nice to hear and he has worked hard to make it as pro and get a new contract. He deserves it.
“There have been a few who perhaps have not felt like that and don’t believe that they owe the club anything. That’s fair enough. That’s life but I like to think we bring our kids through who show that loyalty to us when it matters. They have those morals. Most of them have had that and their agents too.
“Take Ryan Wintle. He came here from Alsager at 17 and he feels the same way. He has seen the other side of things, when he has had to go out and really earn a living. He doesn’t want to go back and appreciates the opportunity we have given him. “