Time’s up: Crewe Alexandra boss in no mood to mess about with contract rebels

Crewe manager David Artell has revealed that long-serving keeper Ben Garratt took too long to sign a new deal and has now been released from the club.

No-nonsense Artell has warned players he only wants those at the club who want to be there and, like Ritchie Wellens at Swindon, those who don’t sign in time will be kicked to the kerb.

The first victim of that stance is Garratt, the 25-year-old with 225 appearances to his name. He’s been a first choice for the Railwaymen for several seasons, but won’t be any longer.

Artell told the club’s official website that Garratt took too long and has cost himself a deal with the club.

“We made Ben an offer a long time ago and I understand people need time to think things over and reflect on thing. I am sure they see what is out there but we cannot wait forever for them to make a decision.

“With Ben he had until the end of March, then it was April and the deadline passed so we decided to take it off the table. Ben understood that we had to move on. He has been great for this football club and we wished him well for the future.”

Garratt represented England from Under 16 to under 19 level and aside from a short loan spell with Stafford rangers, has served all of his career at Gresty Road.

He was ever-present in their relegation season in League One and again in their first League two season, making 255 appearance in total across all competitions.

Our View

It’s a buyer’s market and Ben Garratt has waited a bit too long to see what else comes his way. It’s a huge risk, as a talented keeper he might get a deal elsewhere, but who is to say it’ll be as first choice?

Artell and Ritchie Wellens are two manager who won’t be kept waiting as the balance of power shifts from the players to the managers in League Two.


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