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Crewe capture Wealdstone defender

Crewe Alexandra

Crewe Alexandra have signed defender Carl Martin from Ryman League side Wealdstone for a nominal fee.

The 22-year-old will sign a two-and-a-half-year deal at the Alexandra Stadium subject to passing a medical.

Martin had a trial with Crewe in the summer but was subsequently released before spending time training with Dagenham & Redbridge.

Caretaker manager Dario Gradi told BBC Radio Stoke: "He is the type of signing this football club has to find."

Martin's trial with the South Cheshire club came under then manager Gudjon Thordarson, but following the Icelander's departure Gradi moved to secure his signature.

"I spotted him in a training session, but wasn't in a position to bring him to the club," added Gradi.

"I was told on Thursday night I was back in charge and on Friday morning I asked Neil Baker [chief scout] what had happened to the boy from Wealdstone."

The fee paid for Martin, who can also play in midfield, will rise depending on the number of appearances he makes for the Alex.

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