BREAKING: Ilkeston striker Dan Udoh signs for Crewe Alexandra

Dan Udoh in action against Darlington. Photo by Craig Lamont.
Dan Udoh in action against Darlington. Photo by Craig Lamont.

Ilkeston FC striker Dan Udoh has joined League One side Crewe Alexandra.

An undisclosed fee has been paid for the 19-year-old with various add-ons and clauses believed to have been included in the deal. He has signed a two-year contract.

Udoh signed for the Robins last summer after impressing in pre-season and having established himself as a first team regular went on to score eight goals in all competitions.

The Nigerian U17 and U20 international, who came to the UK at the age of nine-years-old, becomes the latest in a growing line of Ilkeston players to have progressed into the Football League, with Che Adams, Kieran Wallace (both Sheffield United), Ash Hunter, Akil Wright (both Fleetwood) and Rhys Dolan (Barnsley) among those to have made the move higher before him.

Robins boss Andy Watson said: “Dan deserves this move as he’s an extremely hard-working player with a great attitude.

“He’s remained based in Hertfordshire whilst with us and makes the drive to Ilkeston several times a week, which shows his dedication to the cause.

“We’re all delighted for Dan and wish him every success with Crewe, where I firmly believe he could break into the first team very quickly.”

Udoh said: ”I’m really delighted about my move to Crewe, it’s a testament to my hard work and the chance that I’ve been given by Ilkeston. Without this club, I don’t think this would have happened, I’d be back home and working in London, playing football three times a week instead of full-time.”

“I’d like to thank the gaffer Andy Watson. Since he took over I started to get my chance in the team and show him what I can do. Luckily I found my feet quickly and started moving forward.”

On the Ilkeston FC fans, Daniel said: “The fans here are a big part of the club, they’ve always supported me and made me feel welcome, I’d like to thank them for that.”

For a feature the Advertiser did on Udoh back in January, click HERE