Nathan Ellington keen to resurrect his career with spell at Crewe Alexandra
CREWE are running the rule over free agent Nathan Ellington as Steve Davis stresses he will never stop looking for a chance to improve his squad.
Striker Ellington cancelled his contract with Ipswich by mutual consent last month after becoming frustrated with a lack of first-team opportunities.
The 31-year-old is now training with the Alex at Reaseheath as both parties weigh up what the future holds.
Manager Davis said: “Nathan lives in Manchester and he’s coming down to work with us to get himself fit and going.
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“He’s a free agent, so we will have a look at that situation. He’s played a the top level and he’s been a thorn in many defences’ sides.
“If we can improve the team we will do it. A lot of players don’t peak until their 30s, I was playing my best football at 32.
“We’ve not promised him anything, just get in the place to train and we will see how it goes.”
Ellington emerged from non-league circles to make his breakthrough at Bristol Rovers over three years from 1999 before moving to Wigan Athletic.
The prolific scorer moved on to West Bromwich Albion in 2005, Watford in 2007 and joined Ipswich in 2011, although he only made three starts at Portman Road.
A loan spell at Scunthorpe earlier this season was disrupted by injuries and illness, but he says he is now ready for a new chapter in his career.
“Maybe I need to drop down a division so I can start playing regularly and remind people of my qualities,” he told the East Anglian Daily Times.
“I’m always helping the younger players and they’re always appreciative of it.
“They always say it’s good to train with me so they can get that extra bit of advice as well. Having a player with my experience at a club does benefit others.”
Davis has allowed rookie defenders Andy White and Paris Bateman to join Nantwich Town on loan, but he is unlikely to let any of his other youngsters go out on similar deals.
Crewe’s development squad have two games next week, at home to Derby County on Monday (1pm) and Coventry City on Friday (also 1pm) and all players are required.
It is a different story at Notts County, where caretaker manager Chris Kiwomya is expected to be busy in the loan market over the next couple of weeks.
The Magpies yesterday swooped for Manchester United striker John Cofie on loan and he is set to be involved this afternoon.
A fall from fifth to 10th cost previous boss Keith Curle his job and Davis says he cannot be sure what to expect from Crewe’s opponents this afternoon.
He said: “We are looking forward to it. Keith was sacked last weekend so obviously there’s been a bit of disruption and they’ve asked Chris Kiwomya to take over.
“You can get one or two things in that situation. Either a team can be disorganised or the players can really respond to the new man.
“They went to Stevenage on Tuesday, which is always a hard place to go anyway, and came back with nothing, but it will be different in front of their home crowd, determined to put things right and get up and running again.
“We will go there prepared to battle and full of confidence after a good result at Coventry.”