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29th October 2002 8:13

It has been reported on Crewe's official web site that the Stags have signed Crewe striker Colin Little on loan with Andy White going the opposite way.

A summary of Little's career is below.
Crewe Alexandra manager Dario Gradi has this morning brokered a surprise loan swoop for Mansfield Town striker Andy White, which will also see Crewe forward Colin Little move in the opposite direction to Field Mill.

White, 20, impressed Dario in last nights LD Vans Trophy match, with an encouraging display having come off the bench at half time to replace the injured Colin Larkin, and joins the club on a one months loan.

The 6ft 4in youngster almost immediately changed the pattern of the game at Field Mill and the fact that the Stags caused problems for the Alex for the first 15 minutes of the second period was almost solely down to him.

Straight after coming on to the pitch, the tall and skillful striker hit one effort into the side netting after good work inside the box, and he also forced Ademole Bankole into save a few minutes later, with a decent shot from the edge of the area.

So far this season White has started 7 league games for Mansfield and scored twice, and is seen as a hot prospect for the future.

He began his career in non-league football with Hucknall Town, before switching to the pro game, and starred for Mansfield's reserves last year, signing a two year extendsion to his original one year contract after completing his A-levels.

Meanwhile, moving in the opposite direction, is 29 year old Colin Little, who has been made available for loan over the past couple of weeks.

Little, Crewe's longest serving player and the only surviving member of the promotion winning squad of 1997, has expressed his desire to play first team football, having failed to break into Dario Gradi's team over the past few weeks.

With Rob Hulse and Rodney Jack in devastating form up front and the likes of Steve Jones and Dean Ashton also ahead of him in the pecking order, Little, with just one year left on his contract, is looking to play games in order to impress.

Dario agreed to let the Manchester based player go on the list, knowing that youngsters such as James Robinson, John Miles and new boy White may now be able to get their chance in the side.

He also moves on a one month loan deal.
Colin Little

Birthplace: Wythenshawe
DOB: 04/11/1972
Position: Attacker
Signed: 06/02/1996
Height: 5ft 10in
Weight: 11st

Manchester-born Colin Little finished last season with just two goals - his lowest return during his time at Gresty Road. Seeing that he only started 10 games it is hardly surprising that the popular forward is growing increasingly frustrated by his lack of first-team action.

By his own high standards, Little would have been disappointed by his contribution last season and he will be hoping for more first-team action this time around.

The emergence of Ashton and Hulse sees him down the pecking order, but the former Hyde United man remains arguably the best finisher at the club.

Previous Club: Hyde United
From Soccernet - 9 Oct:

Crewe have agreed to let out-of-favour striker Colin Little go out on loan.
Little's first-team opportunities have been limited this season for he has made only four starts for the Railwaymen after choosing to stay at Gresty Road and fight for his place when offered a free transfer in the summer. Alex have helped Little try to secure a loan spell by circulating his details around Division Two and Three clubs.


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