Morecambe new boy Jamie Devitt is eager to impress after completing a one-month loan move to the Globe Arena.
The 23-year-old winger has joined the Shrimps from Chesterfield and goes straight into the squad to face Portsmouth at home tomorrow.
Devitt said: “The manager at Chesterfield called me in on Monday and told me the gaffer at Morecambe had rung to see if I want to go and play some games.
“To be honest, I jumped at the chance because I haven’t really been playing at Chesterfield.
“I know a few of the lads here at Morecambe and it’s a good club to come to.”
Devitt joined Hull City as a trainee and made a number of appearances for the Tigers in the Championship three years ago.
But his career has stalled since then and he has had a number of loans spells at several clubs in the lower leagues.
Asked why he did not make the most of his opportunities at the KC Stadium, Devitt was refreshingly honest.
“My attitude could have been better,” he said. “But I’m learning now and I think it’s got better over the last season or so.
“I played 20 or so games in the Championship which was a good experience but my career has gone backwards since then.
“I am looking forward to getting as many games as possible with Morecambe.
“I like to get on the ball and try to create things and get on the scoresheet too. Hopefully I can do that starting tomorrow.”
With the signing of Devitt, Morecambe boss Jim Bentley has allowed 20-year-old Joe Mwasile to go out loan to Conference North outfit Altrincham.
Bentley said: “Jamie knows this level of football He can play anywhere up top – right, left, in the hole. He’s got good feet, good pace and I think he will be a good addition for us – give us something a little bit different.
“Joe Mwasile has gone out on loan and we felt that was a good move. He can get games there and then when he comes back, he might be in a better position to affect our first team.”
More than 1,000 visiting supporters are set to make the trip north tomorrow.
Surprisngly, Pompey find themselves in a real relegation scrap – they are just two points above the League Two trap door.
Said Bentley: “Portsmouth are fighting to get out of the bottom four or five, which is unbelievable when you think how big a club they are.
“It wasn’t that long ago they were in the Premier League and winning the FA Cup.
“They’ve got a couple of new signings and they bring with them fantastic support.
“It’s a big game for us and one we hope to take something from.”
On the injury front, Mark Hughes and Ryan Williams could return to the squad tomorrow, but Marcus Marshall is still sidelined.