Crewe Alexandra boss David Artell says he would like to loan out more of the club’s younger players, so they can gain competitive football in the non-league scene – but he admits it is difficult as the club have to fulfil under-23 development fixtures.
Artell points to the success of Owen Dale and how his loan spells at Altrincham and Witton Albion helped him become a better all-round player and ready for his first-team. Dale impressed on his full league debut against Salford City last weekend.
Crewe currently have Lewis Reilly and Billy Sass-Davies out on loan at Telford.
The Crewe manager told the club’s official website: “We are always looking at our loan strategy and how we can implement it so more of our youngsters can go out on loan.
“Kenny (Lunt) has been doing some work on that and we will do our best to make it happen for a few of the others.
“I think everyone can see the benefit of it because it introduces them to men’s football and the games on a Saturday or in the mid-week means something.
“It doesn’t always work out either. They might find it tough and not play. I remember Oli Finney coming back from a couple of loans when he didn’t get as much game time as he would have wanted and thinking that he will have to do it here.
“It is not guaranteed to work all the time but it is usually only a risk for a month or two and it is a risk worth taking. They benefit from the experience but it can be difficult to let too many of them out on loan because of our commitment to the Under-23s.”