Arestidou back with train

Ex-Morecambe keeper Arestidou is training with the Shrimps
Ex-Morecambe keeper Arestidou is training with the Shrimps
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Released Morecambe keeper Andreas Arestidou is training with the Shrimps while he tries to find a new club.

Boss Jim Bentley wanted to keep his long-time second-choice shot-stopper but a budget cut meant Barry Roche’s understudy – a former Preston player – was let go.

He is, however, back on the training field with the rest of the squad ahead of the first pre-season friendly at Kendal on July 14.

Bentley said: “It was an awkward situation.

“Any club needs two keepers and Andreas has been brilliant for us over the last few years.

“We did want to keep him but for one reason or another out of my control we couldn’t offer him a contract.

“Is he better training with us while he gets himself fit to give himself every possible opportunity if something else comes up? Yes. And am I happy to do it? I certainly am.

“I think we owe it to him. He’s a good lad, a good professional, great around the lads and he’s in with us for the foreseeable future.”

There are three other triallists currently with the Shrimps – former North End youngster Luke Pritchard – nephew of former Morecambe midfielder Ged Brannan – Kevin Ellison’s brother Ryan, who has left Oldham after battling injury, and ex-Rotherham goalkeeper Tony Thompson.

Bentley’s main concern is now finding a second string shot-stopper, with the loan market also an option.

He said: “Obviously the goalkeeping situation’s not been ideal but the board have given me what they can give me.

“I’m pleased with what we’ve got but in an ideal world I’d have another goalkeeper and another outfield player to complement what we’ve got.

“You never know in football. You don’t know what type of loans can pop up, but they’ve got to be the right ones and ones that can affect the first team.

“They won’t be expensive ones – that’s certainly the case. They’ll be free loans or ones that are a very, very minimal cost to us. That’s the way it is.”

Meanwhile, Bentley is set to pass around the captain’s armband during pre-season as he bids to find a new skipper.

Last season’s leader Mark Hughes was released in the summer and has since joined Stevenage, which makes choosing a captain one of Bentley’s main items of business ahead of the new League Two season.

The Shrimps boss is set to let a group of players stake their claim ahead of the opening game at Hartlepool on August 8.

He said: “I’m going to work on it over pre-season to be honest. There are a couple of names in the frame. There’s no reason to rush into anything.

“A couple of players are contenders but instead of making a decision now we’ve got quite a few pre-season games so we’ll share it around two, three, maybe four players.”