Crewe Alexandra boss David Artell has revealed informal talks have started with Michael Nottingham over making his current loan with the Railwaymen a permanent deal in the summer.
Artell believes the defender’s performances since he arrived at Gresty Road in January have put him in a great position to resolve his future at the end of the campaign. Nottingham is out of contract with parent club Blackpool in the summer, and the Crewe boss admitted he’d started tentative talks with the former Salford City man in a bid to make him a permanent member of his squad.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Artell said: ‘I have literally had a short conversation with Michael (about his future) in the corridor, and that is me being honest.’
‘What I would say is that he has put himself in a great position with his performances. He is playing well, he is over 24, and he is out of contract, and that is a great way of sorting out your future.’
‘We have had a brief chat, and I’m sure we will have a further conversation, but how far that will go is anyone’s guess at the moment.’
‘Michael has settled in really well, and he has been a terrific addition to the team and helping us to the top of the league. I would just say watch this space and keep your fingers crossed.’
Crewe have only lost one game in the central defender’s twelve appearances, underlining his importance to the Railwaymen’s promotion bid.
Artell’s exciting young side are currently top of the table on goal difference from Swindon with nine games left to play. They travel to struggling Mansfield Town at the weekend, having lost only two league games since the turn of the year.
Nottingham’s put himself in the shop window with his displays at Crewe, and there is likely to be several suitors for his services in the summer.
However, he looks happy and settled in Crewe.
With the real prospect of being able to offer League One football next season, we feel Artell is in a superb position to make what would be a terrific and popular signing.