Crewe Alexandra chairman John Bowler says League One is a “good shop window” for the youngsters.
Alex ended the season with ten home-grown players and have already secured the services of academy graduates Ollie Turton, Ben Garratt, Liam Nolan, Jon Guthrie, George Ray and Billy Waters.
The Railwaymen are known for their famous youth system, which has produced the likes of Danny Murphy, David Vaughan, Robbie Savage and, most recently, Nick Powell and Ashley Westwood, Bowler says it is very important for the club to stay in League One.
“League One is a good shop window for our young players,” he told The Stoke Sentinel. “”We’ve always accepted that our real stars will go on to play Championship and Premier League football, as Nick Powell and Ashley Westwood have.”
“And in order to show what they can do, they need at least League One football.”
Bowler also says it’s vital that the club has retained its League One status becuase it’s much easier when bringing new players in.
“If we’re looking to complement what we’re doing by bringing players in on loan, it’s easier to attract the Chuks (Aneke) of this world in if you’re in League One as supposed to League Two.”
He adds the club will continue to work on their youth system but will also need to bring in more experienced players to complement the youngsters. However, he say it is important not to repeat last year’s mistakes when recruiting.
“Our aim has got to be to make our youth development system work. We look to find, develop and mature players in our team and we’ve got to be looking to have as many of our players on the field at any time and maybe ten in the squad.
“Our recruitment last summer didn’t give us what we were hoping it would. We have to learn to bring in players with the right experience and who can fit in to our academy way of playing football.”