Crewe Alexandra boss Dario Gradi has explained that midfielder Justin Cochrane's exit from Gresty Road was initiated by the player himself, after he put in a transfer request having dropped down the pecking order at the relegated Championship club.
Cochrane is one of five players who trialled for the Glovers yesterday in the 7-1 win against Swansea City yesterday evening and he personally requested a move from the Cheshire club that now seems set to see him leave for pastures new. Earlier this month Cochrane trialled for Luton Town, scoring for their Reserve side and so is still highly rated at that level.
Speaking to the Crewe Official Site Gradi explained: "He asked if he could go and I don't think he is going to get into my team. It's difficult to break into that midfield and then we have the likes of Lee Bell, Tony Grant and Michael O'Connor who are all probably ahead of him."
Gradi also hinted that consistency was Cochrane's problem adding: "I think Justin's best game for us was his first game in the friendly against Everton (three years ago). He hasn't quite managed to reproduce that form since and I can't afford to put him into the team to see if he can reproduce it. So perhaps it's time for Justin to go and see if he can reproduce that form at another club. I know the fans like him and I am not biased against him in any way. He is a super lad, a model professional and a model player."
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