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Dario Gradi wants Leitch-Smith fitness improvement

AJ Leitch Smith
Leitch-Smith had a spell out on loan in Iceland

Crewe Alexandra manager Dario Gradi has devised a special fitness programme for striker AJ Leitch-Smith to follow over the summer period.

Smith, 21, managed only 18 appearances in the 2010-11 season as he struggled to adapt to first-team football.

Manager Dario Gradi told BBC Radio Stoke: "If he is fit and available for much of next season then he would be a tremendous asset.

"AJ is working hard on a specialised training programme."

Gradi continued: "He is still developing physically and is playing catch up a bit because of the amount of football he missed as a youngster.

"We are helping him to cope better and next year we want him to push on again because he is a talented boy and can score goals. We know that and the fans can see his potential but coping with the physical side of things is important too."

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