Bentley turns to youth

Alex Kenyon during his Lancaster City days.

Alex Kenyon during his Lancaster City days.

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Morecambe boss Jim Bentley is pleased with the new youthful look of his squad.

The Shrimps manager has added two 20-year-olds to his squad in the last week as he looks to manage a reduced wage budget.

Former Lancaster City captain Alex Kenyon has penned a one-year deal to join from relegated Conference side Stockport and released Bolton striker Jack Sampson has signed a two-year contract at the Globe Arena.

They join Tony Diagne, 22, and Marcus Marshall, 23, as new arrivals in the resort this summer.

Bentley said: “The more experienced players cost that little bit more and because of our cutbacks we’ve had to go for a more youthful outlook.

“All the lads have got potential, all want to do well and hopefully they can progress here.

“They’re willing to run through brick walls and the future will be bright if they can move forward with us.

“But at the same time we don’t want to put too much pressure on them and we’ve still got a good base of experienced players with Barry Roche, Andy Wright, Chris McCready, Kevin Ellison and the rest, so there’s a good mix.”

Bentley is still hoping there is room for more arrivals with a couple of trialists having joined out of contract striker Danny Carlton at pre-season training.

He said: “There’s still a little bit of budget left.

“I need to make sure we are spread evenly so that we’ve got what we need.

“We’ve got a few targets so all our bases are covered.”

The Shrimps boss is delighted with what he has seen from his squad in their first week back after the summer break having returned last Tuesday, June 25.

Bentley said: “It’s been great.

“The lads have all come back in great condition and as a group we’re younger so the fitness scores are up on last season.

“And straight away the togetherness and the spirit have been good as well.

“It’s been a hard first week but we’re in good shape.”

Morecambe kick-off their pre-season campaign when Burnley visit the Globe Arena next Tuesday, July 9, in a 7.45pm kick-off.