Crewe Alexandra defender Harry Davis is determined to prove to Dario Gradi that he is not just a stop-gap measure.

The 19-year-old was asked to deputise at right-back during the Alex's opening Npower League Two fixture, and was expected to file back into the ranks after Gradi's side were comfortably beaten by Swindon.

However, Davis has established himself in the starting XI; making nine appearances so far this season and turning in a number of impressive displays.

There is a renewed sense of optimism at Gresty Road, after the Railwaymen succumbed to four defeats in their opening four fixtures.

Gradi's men have since lost only one of the last five - including three wins - and Davis hopes he has done enough in recent weeks to establish himself in the Crewe boss' plans.


“It is the first season I have started in the team and coming in and suffering four straight defeats early on was tough," the young defender told the Crewe Chronicle.

“Playing a new position is hard to find your feet but hopefully I am starting to do that.

“There is a lot more running involved than what I am used to – it’s a lot different from my usual position, centre-half – but I am adjusting and getting more confident.

“Hopefully that is showing on the pitch.

“I want to establish myself in the team.

“It’s going all right at the moment but I am enjoying every minute of it and I know I’ve got to keep trying to progress.”

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