Date: 31st October 2020 at 9:00am
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Crewe Alexandra have announced that midfielder Joe Robbins has joined National League club Altrincham on a loan deal, initially for a month.

Robbins, 18, has yet to make the first team matchday squad after signing his first professional deal in the summer but captained the Under-18s squad last season and has been a regular for Alex Morris’ Under-23 squad over the past 18 months.

He is available to play in their game at Dover Athletic this afternoon and joins Academy Alumni Andy White, Ritchie Sutton and Toby Mullarkey in the Robins squad.

What will this mean for Robbins going forward?

It’ll be good for him that his first loan spell with a club that are in National League rather than the normal tier 7/8 loans that the youngsters generally spend their first (and often second) loan spells at and with a club that we have decent connections with (Neil Sorvel is their assistant while fellow Alex youngsters Owen Dale, Josh Lundstram and Billy Sass-Davies have all spent time with the club in recent years).

For the Alty fans that read this, he’s a defensive midfielder who looks to get on the ball as much as possible (even for an Alex midfielder) and has taken set-pieces for the Academy teams when I’ve seen him play.