The following article including quotes from Owen Dale is an excerpt from Cheshire Live
Owen Dale says he's ready to make an impact at Crewe Alex after 'learning how to win' on loan at Altrincham.
The 20-year-old striker is back after a successful three-month spell with the National League side, and was put straight into the squad for Saturday's 2-0 home defeat to Oldham.
Dale, who scored three goals in 10 league starts for Alty, says the spell there and a previous one at Witton have been a positive learning curve for him.
Now he wants to show what he can do, and justify the new contract he was given in the summer.
Dale said: "It's been great for me, I've learned a lot and grown up a lot.
"I think I've learned how to win, I think we went nine or 10 unbeaten.
"Hard work is the main thing, it doesn't matter how much talent you've got, if you work hard you'll go a lot further.
"It feels like the hard work has paid off a bit. I feel I'm more ready than I was a year ago, a lot's changed and I've improved a lot.
"I know I've still got a long way to go to make an impact, but I feel like the time is now for me. Hopefully I can help the team get results."
He added: "The security of having a contract is massive and I need to repay the faith shown in me by the gaffer.
"I have to show he made the right decision to give me that contract and that's what I aim to do."