A deal for Devitt

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Morecambe have extended the loan deal of Chesterfield winger Jamie Devitt until the end of the season.

The 23-year-old was sent off in the 1-1 draw with Exeter, meaning he was suspended for what was due to be the final game of his month-long spell against Oxford.

But after talks between Jim Bentley and Chesterfield boss Paul Cook, the former Hull City player is set to remain at the Globe Arena until May.

Bentley said: “We’ve agreed to sign Jamie until the end of the season on loan.

“The ban did complicate things but I’ve had a good chat with Paul Cook and the deal does involve a 24-hour recall.

“They need that. If they get one or two injuries they might call him back and they might even do it if they just want to have another look at him.

“But at this present moment he’s our player until the end of the season.

“Paul Cook’s a friend of mine and he’s done us a favour.

“Jamie’s a good player who has done well for us. We just need to get these next two games of his ban out of the way and he can come back into the squad and hopefully carry on where he left off.”

The Shrimps make the long trip south to Plymouth Argyle tomorrow.

The Pilgrims have won three of their last four and have moved to within one place of the League Two play-offs.

Morecambe, on the other hand, have not won in the same spell, although they have drawn five of their previous nine.

Bentley said: “Plymouth have got a system that they’re playing at the moment which has turned things round for them a bit.

“They’ve had a couple of good wins at Dagenham, which is always a tough place to go, and I went to the game on Tuesday at Fleetwood and I thought they were excellent on the night. Reuben Reid and Lewis Alessandra played very well up front and they thoroughly deserved the win.

“They looked a good, solid, organised outfit who are doing well at the moment. Their couple of wins just shows how tight the league is.

A couple of weeks ago they were getting roped into the relegation battle and now they’ll be thinking they can make a late run for the play-offs.

“It’ll be a tough match but we’ve got to go there with the positives from the last few games.

“It’s a massive club, certainly too big for this level, in my opinion.

“It’ll be a big crowd and against one of the form sides. If it was me going into it I’d be really looking forward to it.

“It’s the lion’s den – all the odds are stacked against you and I’d expect the players to come out fighting.”

On the injury front, Bentley welcomes Jack Redshaw back to the squad but Padraig Amond is a doubt.

“Podge has got a hamstring problem so he’s struggling and there’s some illness amongst one or two others.

“It happens and we’ll just have to wait and see.”