Summer signing Daniel Powell says that his meeting with David Artell and the warmth and vision the manager shared with him swung his decision to try a fresh challenge at Crewe. The former Northampton Town forward had a chance to remain at the Sixfields Stadium but he felt he wanted a complete change and come out of his comfort zone.
The former MK Dons winger is excited at the prospect of helping Crewe become serious play-off contenders after narrowly missing out last season by two wins.
The 28-year-old told the club’s official website: “I met the manager and saw the training ground and it was a big selling point to me.
“I thought the manager was warming and I enjoyed his company. He’s definitely a different character, and he’s good to have around especially with young lads. He brings out the best in them.
“I didn’t know anyone when I arrived but it’s a good bunch of lads – one of the most comfortable dressing rooms I’ve been in.
“There aren’t many round my age group – they are either a lot older or a lot younger – but it’s a good group.
“A lot of the young players are very good on the ball, hardworking and technical. You can see there are good players and there will be competition for places.
Daniel added: “We have to do better last season and I think we have a good chance to do that. If we can get a couple more (signings) in, a bit more experience, why not?”