Young guns will continue development on home turf
FRINGE players George Ray and Harry Clayton will remain at Crewe to play development games rather than head back out to non-league clubs on loan.
Manager Steve Davis has previously been keen to send youngsters into the lower divisions, with centre-half Ray and forward Clayton impressing at Leek Town and Newcastle Town respectively last season.
But the emergence of an Alex under-21 team as part of the Elite Player Performance Plan means that all hands are needed on deck to make up the numbers.
Ray, Clayton, Paris Bateman, Andy White and Jon Guthrie will therefore stay at the club hoping to do enough to work their way into the first-team squad.
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However, rookie keeper Ben Garratt would be allowed to move out to non-league level on a temporary basis should the opportunity arise.
Davis said: "It's a shame because I think learning the ropes in non-league can be useful and we've done that in the past.
"Ajay Leitch-Smith went out to Newcastle Town and Curzon Athletic, while Ashley Westwood went to Nantwich Town and both learnt a lot from it.
"I know the non-league clubs benefited from it as well and I like to keep the links going. The development games are certainly more competitive than reserve games, so it's not the end of the world, just a different way of doing things."