Crewe Alexandra look to keep hold of Max Clayton
MAX Clayton has been urged to pledge his future to Crewe after he stalled on the offer of a contract extension.
The 18-year-old forward's current terms at Gresty Road run until the end of next season, but Steve Davis is keen to protect one of his key assets.
The Alex would be due compensation if Clayton, or any player under the age of 24, decided to move to pastures new when their deal expired.
But the club would be expected to try to cash in while they could to avoid selling any potential star at a drop-down price.
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"We sat down with Max and his dad (former Crewe striker Paul Clayton) and had discussions about his future," said manager Davis, whose side host Bournemouth in League One tonight (7.45pm).
"While there are 18 months left on his contract we don't want that to run out. We are mindful of keeping him here as long as we think he needs to be here.
"We don't want to push him out when he's not ready to go. We want him to be a regular in the team, scoring goals and a real asset for someone else, not going to play for someone's under-21 side, if and when it happens.
"We will sit down again between now and the end of the season."