Morecambe boss Bentley targets '˜three or four' signings
Morecambe boss Jim Bentley admits his pre-season shopping hasn't ended yet after bringing five players to the Globe Arena so far this summer.
Having lost Ryan Edwards and Paul Mullin to Plymouth Argyle and Swindon Town respectively, the Shrimps also released Peter Murphy, Lee Molyneux and Liam Wakefield.
That was also on the back of loanees Alex Whitmore, Antony Evans and Michael Duckworth returning to their parent clubs.
Although Garry Thompson, Adam Campbell, Patrick Brough and Vadaine Oliver have been joined by Doncaster Rovers loanee Mitchell Lund, the search continues for further reinforcements.
“We are a bit short with regard to senior players; we need three or four more really,” Bentley said.
“You can spread your budget out thinly and try to get a squad of 26 or spend big and go with a squad of 15.
“We have tried to go somewhere between that as we want a few more than 20 players but we have to respect the budget.
“I’ll still be looking around with what we have got available and what is left to spend in the budget.”
There is one clear aim in terms of new blood for the season ahead with at least one centre-half required following the departures of Edwards and Whitmore.
Dean Winnard is the only out-and-out senior central defender on the Shrimps’ books, though Alex Kenyon can play at the back when required.
With teenager Tyler Brownsword the other available defender, Bentley has fielded two trialist centre-halves against Bamber Bridge and Lancaster City, while another trialist was due at the club at the start of the week.
However, he also admitted he tried to bring back a familiar face for the new season.
“We need one or two experienced players over the next week or two,” the manager said.
“That might be someone like an Alex Whitmore, who we enquired about bringing back from Burnley but that’s not happened.
“I have to say this summer has been the most frustrating with regards to nailing down a centre-half.
“We’ve been knocked back by more than one because of location, finance, a little bit of everything really.
“We have a quite of them on our radar and, ideally, we’d like another forward and a utility players as well.
“We want them in ASAP but all I can do is try and sell the club to the player; we still have one or two irons in the fire.
“What it perhaps does for now is give Tyler a chance to get some more experience and gives us the chance to look at Alex (Kenyon) in a back four.
“He played on the left-hand side of a back three so this is a good chance for him to play in a four.”