Sheffield United: Why Davis signed the Duke

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STEVE Davis, the Crewe Alexandra manager, has outlined his reasons for signing former Wigan Athletic and West Bromwich Albion centre-forward Nathan Ellington.

The 31-year-old, an unused substitute for Sheffield United’s League One rivals against Colchester last weekend, recently agreed a short-term contract at Gresty Road following a successful trial.

“His experience could be pivotal for us at this stage of the season,” Davis said. “It’s been very positive and he can be very influential for our younger players.”

Davis, whose side held United to a 3-3 draw at Bramall Lane earlier this term, first expressed an interest in Ellington when he parted company with Ipswich Town two months ago. The average age of Crewe’s first team squad until the striker’s arrival had been just 21.

Ellington, on the brink of his 500th senior career appearance, could spearhead Davis’ attack against United tonight.

“We’ve focused on improving and our own play and that has been really beneficial,” Davis added. “We know we’re a good team and capable of beating anyone on our day.”

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