Crewe Alexandra boss David Artell says that the recent loan moves for Dan Udoh and Ollie Finney at Halesowen Town have served their development well.

Finney’s spell at The Grove was prematurely ended by injury but he has returned to Crewe and found himself on the first-team bench due to a recent injury to Tom Lowery.

Forward Udoh has hit an impressive nine goals during his longer loan spell with the club and now the boss is contemplating loaning him to a higher league to further his development.

Artell said: “It has helped with their development to go out play men’s football and to be involved in games where there is more at stake. They are playing for three points every week and that makes it more competitive than Under-23 football.

“Ollie has come back and been fine. He played well for the Under-23s at Bolton and I’m sure he would have benefitted from the experience of going out on loan.

“Dan did well and I think Halesowen were grateful for the goals he managed to score for them. If it wasn’t for his goals then I’m sure they would have been in trouble at the bottom of the table. He made a real impact there. Now we will see what is next for him and his development.”

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