CREWE FC have signed Michael Owen as cover!
After a strong start to their Division Two campaign, boss Ian O'Reilly is more than happy with his current squad. But with an array of expected absences in the next few weeks, he decided to bolster his squad.
Rumours are rife that the England man is keen to get away from Real Madrid and return to England, but Lee Westwood and Jon Dawson are on fire in the Crewe strikeforce and Dave Hanson is next in the queue.
With that in mind, O'Reilly decided instead to plump for his far cheaper namesake, ex-Congleton and Stone Dominoes defender Owen.
O'Reilly said: 'It would be nice to get our hands on the England striker Michael Owen, but I am very happy with the one we have got! I think I will need cover soon, but he will put a real challenge on for a place in the side and could be an asset.
'I have also re-signed Chris Hampshire, who left us for Nantwich last season, and the pair of them are good additions. We got caught a bit short of numbers last season.
If last week is a guide, O'Reilly has a number of matters right this time around. A decision to move Westwood from a wide position into a central striking role has paid dividends, while he recalled Nick Butterworth to the side on Saturday for a man-of-the-match showing.
Saturday's 4-1 win over Monk FC, courtesy of strikes from Jon Dawson (2), Danny Massey and Westwood, came on the back of a 1-1 draw at Glossop North End Reserves on Thursday, where Lee Heath scored.
It means seven points out of a possible nine for Crewe, as they go into tonight's game against Lostock Gralam at Reaseheath at 6.30pm. Then they visit Broadheath Central on Saturday.
O'Reilly is confident but keen to keep a level head. He added: 'I like to think we have played well, but it is hard to judge because we are not used to this division.
'It took a late equaliser at Glossop to earn a point so we were fortunate there. I am not getting carried away because it will be at least eight games before we really RS200805Football-001 TAG TEAM: Alsager defenders Dean Stokes and Steve Elks try to contain Winsford's Neil Marsh at Barton Stadium.