Crewe’s Inman back to his best

Australian midfielder Bradden Inman is enjoying his football again and is determined to help Crewe Alexandra avoid the drop.

Inman, who joined the League One club in December 2012, has made 21 appearances in all competitions this season. Inman has scored three goals and set up three, only missing two matches through injury.

It is stark change from the 2014/2015 campaign where the 23-year old was in and out of the Railwaymen’s starting line-up, and only featured in 26 games.

Inman was put up for loan last season and had his attitude publicly questioned by Crewe manager Steve Davis, but things are running more smoothly for the attacker now.

“Everything is going well,” Inman told FourFourTwo.

“I’ve started every game this season bar the last two, as I’ve had a slight groin injury. I have been happy with my form and my form has been good.

“The team is playing well, we’ve just been a bit unlucky to be honest.”

Crewe is second-last in League One with just 19 points, after one point above bottom-placed Barnsley. The Railwaymen have won five, drew four and lost 11 of their 20 matches so far this season.

Originally from Adelaide, Inman moved to the UK in 2007 as a 14-year old when he joined Newcastle United.

He spent seven years at St James Park but left the club three years ago in search of first-team football. The Modbury Jets product made a dynamic beginning to his Crewe career in the 2012/2013 season, bagging eight goals in 26 appearances.

Inman, who was called by an Australian under-age national camp by Holger Osieck in 2011, and has represented Scotland at Under-19 and Under-21 level, failed to reach the same heights at his club in the past year.

But the versatile attacking midfielder seems to have got his mojo back just as the Cheshire side try to stage a revival. Crewe have won their past two games in League One and face Doncaster in a crucial fixture this weekend.

Inman is looking forward to getting back on the field and helping the club move up the table, after being unavailable for the past two matches with injury.

“I’m back in the squad,” he said.

“The gaffer hasn’t picked the starting XI but I hope I can play. We’ve won the last two so hopefully we can push on from here.”

Inman’s three-year contract with Crewe finishes at the end of the 2015/2016 season. The winger said at this point he is purely focused on getting the Railwaymen out of the relegation zone and not concerned with his future.

“My contract ends in June 2016 and I haven’t thought about it,” Inman admitted.

“I’m just trying to play well and work for the team.”