Crewe have a star for the future in Johnson
LEE CASSWELL has backed Leek’s John Johnston to be a hit with Crewe – and says the credit must go to striker Andy Kinsey who told the Blues boss he just had to sign the youngster.
Kinsey had played with the 19-year-old at Leek’s Evo-Stik NPL South rivals Kidsgrove Athletic.
When they sat down in the summer to discuss the future, Kinsey implored Leek boss Casswell to sign his ex-team-mate.
And his tip has paid off after Crewe snapped up the midfielder, who will train with his new parent club, before being loaned back for the rest of the season.
“The reason we brought the kid to the club was because of Andy,” Casswell said.
“Kins is 34 and coming to the end of his career.We sat down at the end of the season and he said he wanted to give it another season with us. It was then he said, ‘There’s one lad at Kidsgrove you need to be signing, because he’s the best product around’.
“A lot of credit goes to him, he was the one who put the spotlight on him and said go out and get him. He was right.
“Playing in a good side with good players he’s come up leaps and bounds. I expect him to do the same at Crewe.
“What he has developed over the last few months is that when he does well to get in, he composes himself and picks players out or he goes on and scores a goal. He’s one for the future.”