Send us news by text, start your message CN News and your send photos and videos to 80360
Robertson brings bags of experience
NEW recruit Gregor Robertson intends to make the left-back spot his own after joining Crewe on a two-year deal.
The 28-year-old defender brings a wealth of experience to the Alex squad following his release by relegated Chesterfield.
And the former Scotland Under 21 International, who has also played for Notts Forest and Rotherham signalled his intentions for the new season.
“I was keen to stay in League One,” he said.
“Obviously the facilities are fantastic and I spoke to Jamie Lowry who was full of praise for the place and the management staff.
“Then there was the ability of the team and they were all big factors for me.
“First of all I want to get my place and then keep it.
“Hopefully I can play as many games as possible and help the club have a successful season.”
Robertson admitted Lowry was also keen on a return to Crewe after last season’s loan spell.
The 25-year-old midfielder’s potential move was reportedly put on hold due to a medical.
“He said it was a great club, a great place to come and play your football every day and I think he is desperate to come as well,” added Robertson.
Veteran keeper Steve Phillips also pledged his future to the Alex after agreeing a two-year deal.
The 34-year-old will now combine his playing career with coaching as the club looks to secure category two academy status – part of the new Elite Player Performance Plan.
A goalkeeping coach was part of the criteria.
“This is somewhere where I want to end my career,” explained Phillips.
“I’ve never spoken to anyone else; it was a matter of going away and then sorting out the fine details.
“People that know me know I’m pretty determined and the aim will be to help make one good enough to be sold.
“Alan Martin is a very good young goalkeeper and I’m going to help improve him to the point where he takes my place at some stage but hopefully not just yet.
“First and foremost I am here as a player.
“My aim is to again be the best here again.
“Last season I was pipped to the post by an unbelievable talent (Nick Powell) but I’ll take that.”
Boss Steve Davis hopes to see Byron Moore back as the players return to training today.
The 23-year-old is believed to be on the verge of signing a two-year deal on the table.
Out-of-contract Kelvin Mellor has also been offered fresh terms as Championship outfit Derby have shown interest.