David Artell says that he would be ‘open-minded’ about letting some of his younger professionals go out on loan next season. The Alex boss is a firm believer in young players having the opportunity to play competitive football and he points to the successes of Owen Dale and Will Jaaskelainen last season as the perfect example.
Both were given invaluable experienced playing first-team football and although he has stressed that those types of players will get an opportunity during the pre-season, he is open to some of his squad going out on loan.
Artell told crewealex.net: “I think the younger players benefit from playing for someone else’s first-team rather than have to rely on Under-23 development football. Some of them, such as Owen Dale go above that level and he needed to go out to enhance his development. It can be a great experience for them.
“Witton were brilliant with Owen last season. He played in their first team on a regular basis and they just missed out on the play-offs, so they were fairly successful as well. I know Owen enjoyed the experience and learned a lot from it.
“There is nothing better than playing competitive football and it is a challenge for them to play Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday at that level rather than playing Monday’s for the Under-23s and having a week off every now again.
“Players going out on loan from here doesn’t mean the writing is on the wall. Far from it. It is all part of their development and Owen understands that.
The Crewe boss added: “If the writing is on the wall for some of them then I would tell them straight. I would be honest with them.”