Crewe Alexandra: Andy Bond set to make Railwaymen debut... 13 years after joining club
ANDY Bond is finally set to make his Crewe Alexandra debut today ... 13 years after first joining the club.
The midfielder has been the victim of circumstances at Colchester United, where new manager Joe Dunne needs to ship out players to bring new ones in.
And yesterday the 26-year-old completed a return to Gresty Road – and the club where he was released without tasting first-team football six years ago.
He has been drafted in on an initial one-month loan contract in time for the tough-looking trip to MK Dons (3pm) after fellow middle man Abdul Osman (ankle) was ruled out.
"I was with Crewe from the age of 13 to 20 and it was a tough day when they let me go," Bond said.
"I didn't know what I was going to do, but ended up having four successful years at Barrow, playing alongside the likes of Adam Dugdale and Alan Martin.
"John Ward gave me an opportunity to step up to League One with Colchester in 2010 and I've been there ever since, loving every minute.
"I'm not sure what my long-term future holds, but I found out I was available for loan on Wednesday and as soon as Crewe came in I was delighted that they were interested.
"I never thought I would come back, but you don't know what is around the corner in football and here I am."
Crewe manager Steve Davis is preparing to throw Bond into his team alongside captain Luke Murphy.
He said: "With Abdul out we only had Ollie Turton and Luke in that department and although Ollie is not far away, and improving, he is not quite ready at the moment.
"Andy was released by Crewe when Crewe were in the Championship and has gone on to build a decent career. He knows this division."