"This is a great shop window for young players who come here," Crewe chairman John Bowler told BBC Radio Stoke.
"We've had an understanding with young players that come through this football club.
"When the right move comes at the right time, we don't stand in their way."
Should any of the current generation leave for pastures new, they would add to a list of talented players nurtured and sold on by former boss Dario Gradi, now director of football at Gresty Road.
Gradi has brought up, blooded and shipped out players like Dean Ashton, Danny Murphy, Seth Johnson, David Vaughan, Rob Hulse, Billy Jones and Nicky Maynard in his 29-year association with the club.
The Alex's former boss was also quick to snap up Robbie Savage and David Platt after they were released by Manchester United, while Luke Varney was brought in from non-league Quorn for £50,000.
Varney went on to be sold to Derby County for £2m, while Platt was picked up as an 18-year-old in 1985 and sold to Aston Villa for £200,000 three years later, and Savage sealed a £400,000 move to Leicester City in 1997 after three years under Gradi's guidance.
"Young players can come through the academy, and they know they're going to get a shot in the first team and hopefully launch their careers," Bowler continued.
"At the same time, that generates that necessary income in order for us to fund the academy going forward."
In total, Gradi has been responsible for recouping over £20m by selling players educated at the club and the Powell generation could push that figure towards, or even beyond, £30m.
And at a time when the business of football has become an increasingly tricky path to tread, Powell looks set to ensure that the Alex's academy continues to deliver on its investment.
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