Crewe have a star for the fu­ture in John­son

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

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.”

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