Steve Davis to abandon rotation of captaincy at Crewe

Crewe Alexandra defender David Artell
David Artell has played more than 400 games in his professional career

David Artell is set to remain captain of Crewe for the forseeable future.

The armband had been rotated between Artell, Lee Bell and Ashley Westwood under previous manager Dario Gradi.

However, new Alex boss Steve Davis has decided that the former Morecambe defender, 31, should be handed the honour on a more permanent basis.

"He's a real leader out there and an experienced player," Davis told BBC Radio Stoke. "The lads look up to him, they respect him and respond to him."

Artell, who joined Crewe in the summer of 2010, has captained Crewe in their first two league matches under Davis, with both games against Morecambe and Hereford ending in victories.

"It's an honour to lead the team out," he said. "At a club like Crewe, with the history it's got, there have been some great captains. It's a privilege really."

Crewe travel to Northampton on Saturday, in what will be Aidy Boothroyd's first game in charge of the struggling Cobblers.

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