Gradi excited by Rams trip

09 August 2010 03:30
Crewe boss Dario Gradi believes the potential return of several former players adds spice to the Carling Cup clash against Derby. The Rams have five ex-Alex players on their books. James Bailey and John Brayford swapped Gresty Road for Pride Park this summer, joining Rob Hulse, Robbie Savage and Luke Varney at the Championship club. Ahead of the first-round tie, Gradi told Crewe`s official website: "The tie with Derby is interesting because of the number of our former players potentially coming back here. It has added an extra spice to it and I am sure everyone is looking forward to seeing them. "I saw them play at Leeds on the television and I thought James and John did well on their competitive debuts for Derby. I expected them to because they are good players. "Rob Hulse is also a good player and has become prolific with his goalscoring. Robbie Savage is a character and is bound to have something to say. I`m sure he will enjoy coming back and seeing some old faces. "Luke Varney has been out of favour and I hope that remains the case on Tuesday. It is bad enough having to face Rob Hulse without Varney running at you as well."

Source: PA