Crewe Alex: Gradi starts squad overhaul
DARIO Gradi says releasing Danny O'Donnell and Steve Schumacher will help freshen up Crewe's squad.
The Alex manager wants to strengthen his defence with two new signings and O'Donnell has been told he will not be offered a new deal after four years at Gresty Road.
Schumacher is also searching for a new club after being told he is surplus to requirements.
"Danny has done well for us and there is a player in there, but it's probably better for us and him that we have a fresh start," said Gradi.
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Goalkeeper Adam Legzdins is set to be handed a new contract, while 18-year-old Harry Davis, son of assistant manager Steve, has been offered professional terms.
The remainder of the second-year scholars have been released following the signing of five under-16s players, including Max Clayton and Nick Powell, on long-term deals.
Meanwhile, 17-year-old defender Ollie Turton, who has been named as the Academy player-of-the-season, will be on the bench for the first time against Bradford City today (3pm).
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