Bentley: We’re in good shape

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley.
Morecambe manager Jim Bentley.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley is pleased with the make-up of his squad as they return for pre-season training.

The hard work for the Shrimps squad begins on Tuesday with Bentley having made former Bury wide man Marcus Marshall his second signing of the summer last week.

The Shrimps boss admits it has been hard work bringing his preferred targets to the Globe Arena but is upbeat.

He said: “You want everything done for the first day back and that isn’t the case but we’re in a decent position.

“We’re pleased to have got Marcus and there’s hopefully room for a couple more.

“It’s been hard work this summer but things are coming together nicely and I’m feeling quite positive.”
Marshall arrives at the Globe Arena having first spoken to former Rotherham team mate Kevin Ellison about a move to the seaside.

The 23-year-old, who came through the ranks at Blackburn Rovers, has signed a two-year deal at the club.

Bentley said: “He’s a pacy player who has played a lot at this level with Rotherham and Macclesfield and a little bit in the league above.

“He’s a good age with a good pedigree and hopefully he can do well for us.”

Bentley says his players will return fit and ready to go with a tough couple of weeks to come ahead of their first friendly against Burnley on Tuesday, July 9.

He said: “They’ve all had their own personal programmes while they’ve been off.

“I don’t mind them letting their hair down for a couple of weeks but for me a full-time professional should be working 50 weeks of the year.

“It’s not like the old days where they’re coming back to work off what they’ve put on.

“But we’ll have all the usual fitness tests and double sessions. It’ll be hard work for the next 10 to 14 days in the build up to the Burnley game.”