Andrew Wain, chairman of Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South club Leek Town, has reached
…agreement with his Crewe Alexandra counterpart John Bowler to pave the way for winger John Johnston to fulfil his dream of professional football.
The Sky Bet League One outfit have beaten off interest from a number of clubs who have been monitoring his progress but the South Cheshire club have always been the preferred option and the deal is expected to go through early this week.
As part of the transfer package it is believed that Crewe will loan the player back to the Blues for the remainder of the season.
Meanwhile, Leek skipper Sam Hall came out worst following a clash of heads at Gresley FC on Saturday and needed running repairs to a wound under his chin as well as a replacement shirt.
The big midfielder completed the game but visited A&E later in the day to have a stitch inserted.
Defender Danny Smith will be added to the squad at Belper Town on Saturday after the full-back completed his two-match ban at the Gresley game.
However, central defender Andy Bratt will be forced to miss the next four games sitting out a ban for his sending off against Loughborough Dynamo.
Midfielder Steve Brannan returned to the squad on Saturday and won a seat on the bench after working away for much of the season.
His inclusion on the bench allowed Blues’ boss Lee Casswell to send Angelo Errico to North West Counties League neighbours Eccleshall for match practice, although their game was eventually postponed.