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By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 17, 2014

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John Johnston will be hoping to play some part in Crewe Alexandra's friendly against Leek Town at Harrison Park on Friday (7.30pm).

The 19-year-old winger, pictured, was one of the stars of Blues' title assault in the Evo-stik Northern Premier League First Division South last season.

His outstanding form for Leek led to him being snapped up by the League One outfit in January, and then loaned back to Blues for the remainder of the 2013-14 campaign.

Johnston has been given an extended chance to prove himself at the Cheshire club after being awarded another six-month deal. Crewe boss Steve Davis has been impressed with Johnston's attitude, but he has warned the player that he needs to show improvements to become a permanent fixture at Gresty Road.

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Blues are going to miss the services of the flying flanker, who scored 12 goals in 52 games for them last season, in between his many goal assists.

FORMER Stafford Rangers and Mickleover Sports midfielder Sean Kinsella is expected to be out of the game for up toeight weeks after breaking his ankle in Blues' opening pre-season friendly at Harrison Park on Saturday.

The game against Port Vale was just 30 minutes old when Kinsella went down in some pain, having stumbled awkwardly on the pitch.

Subsequent hospital x-rays revealed the break, which however is not as bad as originally feared – Kinsella should be back in action before the turn of the year.

MANAGER Lee Casswell has confirmed the signing of the remaining two players from last season as his squad begins to take shape.

Ahead of the Port Vale match on Saturday, Casswell had already secured the signing of nine of his players from last season, and added Matt Bell and Danny Shelley after the game.

Casswell has also strengthened his squad by signing striker Mitch Husbands and full back Ashley Jackson from Worksop Town, as well as young winger Isaac Cooper from Redditch United.

With pre-season friendlies coming thick and fast, Casswell will also be running the rule over midfielder Tom Lowe from Leek CSOB and Bradley Moorhead, a goalkeeper from Newcastle Town.

Veteran striker Andy Kinsey is currently carrying a calf injury whilst Karl Espley missed Saturday's game due to work commitments and Niall MaGuire is still on holiday.

Meanwhile, former Leek defender Andy Taylor has been training with the club with a view to adding further steel into Blues' game whilst Casswell is in talks with a further two new faces ahead of Friday's game against Crewe Alexandra.

The club have decided to re-launch their monthly draw but the format will be slightly different, although the cost will be the same – £5 per month.

BLUES are once again involved in delivering 'street soccer' sessions for youngsters across the district through the club's community development programme.

The project, which is delivered in partnership with the Moorlands Together Safer and Stronger Communities Partnership, is now in its third year.

Club community manager Steve Kell said: "We're delighted to have secured the funding to run this project once again in 2014.

"Our delivery of these sessions has previously been very successful.

"Hopefully, this is a project that will flourish and continue for years to come.

"We would like to thank those involved in making this possible for all the hard work they put in behind the scenes."

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