Ellis ready for exciting League One challenge
CREWE new boy Mark Ellis is relishing the challenge of pitting his wits against the best League One has to offer.
The 23-year-old centre-half signed a two-year deal with the Alex this week, having spent five seasons at Torquay.
He gained a reputation as the toughest operator in one the meanest defences in the bottom division, and is now prepared for a new chapter in his career.
"It will be a tough challenge but I am willing to learn," he said.
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"I like to think I am a strong centre-half who is quick across the ground, and hopefully I can develop and improve even more under Steve Davis and the coaches at Crewe.
"It is a league I haven't played in before but I think I have handled myself quite well in League Two in the past so hopefully I can make the step up.
"There are some massive clubs in this league and it will be brilliant to play against them."
Ellis is no stranger to Crewe fans, having scored twice against them in Torquay colours at Gresty Road a couple of seasons ago.
He said "I have done pretty well against Crewe in the past but now I am in a Crewe shirt and will be looking to give my best for the club.
"I am just looking forward to the first game.
"I will be giving it everything I've got and I am just can't wait to get going now in pre-season."
Davis is confident Ellis can fill the boots of departed captain Dave Artell, providing a presence in both areas.
He said: "We worked very hard to bring Mark into the club. It wasn't easy but I think it was a good deal for a player who was one of the best centre-halves in League Two last season.
"He's a young lad who can get better. He's not a giant but he is a towering figure, very solid and strong. He is a good organiser and a good character.
"He probably wanted a new challenge. He will be a valued member of our squad."
CREWE were last week offered Rochdale frontman Ashley Grimes in exchange for goal-shy Shaun Miller, it has emerged.
Miller's name has been circulated to League One and League Two clubs as he bids to revive his career.
But the 24-year-old striker turned down a move to Spotland and now looks set to stay and fight for a place at Gresty Road.