Bentley keen to tie nucleus of squad down to new deals

Jack Redshaw is one player Jim Bentley wants to tie down to a new contract.
Jack Redshaw is one player Jim Bentley wants to tie down to a new contract.
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Jim Bentley is determined to tie the nucleus of his squad down to new contracts.

The Morecambe boss, along with assistant Ken McKenna, signed a two-year extension to his Globe Arena deal last week and is now working hard to make sure the majority of the squad that has made such an impressive start to the season are at the club for some time to come.

Bentley said: “My future, and Ken’s, is sorted and we know what we want to do.

“The younger lads the Kenyons, the Redshaws, the Williamses and others are important.

“There’s quite a few and a there’s a couple of experienced lads too.

“It’s important to get the blend right.

“We’re going about our business at the moment 
and trying to get them tied up.”

As with his previous two campaigns in charge, 
Bentley is determined not to let contracts drift towards their conclusion and run the risk of losing key players.

He said: “I’ve proven in the past I’m not a manager who wants to leave things until the last minute.

“If you know what you’re getting and you know the character, you like working with them and you know they can bring something to the team then it’s important to get your business done sooner rather than later and not run the risk of them leaving.

“Yes, they’re under 24 so you get compensation for them, but it’s not about the money for me.

“It’s about building something and I think we’ve got the nucleus of a very good young squad.”

Bentley is also more keen than ever to sort out players’ futures as he believes the dressing room atmosphere has played a big part in early season success on the field.

He said: “We’re all going in the right direction and hopefully we can keep them together because at the minute what’s played its part and what I’m pleased with is the team spirit, togetherness and desire to win games as a squad.

“They’ve got that never-say-die attitude as a group.

“So it’s important we get the business done with the players we want and hopefully it will be quite easy to do.

“In football it’s never easy when it comes to money but that’s what I want to do over the coming weeks.”