Crewe Alex: No recriminations as axed skipper wishes Crewe well
DEPARTED Crewe captain Dave Artell insists he is not bitter after being shown the door days after leading the club to promotion at Wembley.
The 31-year-old centre-half played with a broken bone in his right foot to help seal a play-off semi victory over Southend, then win the final against Cheltenham.
But less than a week later, as the Alex started planning for life in League One, the inspirational skipper was told his contract would not be renewed.
"You can't be bitter, it's football, that's life," said Artell.
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"I didn't think I deserved to leave, but I'm not going to cry over spilt milk.
"I'm not embarrassed to admit that I didn't want to go, but it's the way Crewe work. They always want to bring younger players into the squad.
"It's ultimately proved to my detriment, but it's a fantastic, refreshing way to run a ship.
"All clubs in the lower leagues should look to Crewe as a sustainable way of producing and developing top quality young players."
Artell arrived at Gresty Road in the summer of 2010 on a free transfer from a Morecambe side who had just missed out in the League Two play-offs.
He went on to make 82 appearances, wearing the captain's armband through the current club record 19-game unbeaten run.
"There have been a couple of offers already, but I don't particularly want to uproot my family (from Chester)," he said.
"We will see. I'm not in a bad position having just got promoted playing 42 games. It's another boost to my CV, so I'm not overly worried.
"My aim now is to make sure I can get another promotion next season, even if I'm not quite sure where yet."
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