Carlton to return for Morecambe pre-season

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Danny Carlton will return for pre-season training at the Globe Arena.

The Morecambe striker, who entered club folklore with the goal that took the Shrimps to the Football League almost six years ago to the day, is out of contract this summer.

But having been out since September with cruciate ligament damage, Carlton will be given the chance to regain his fitness with a view to possibly extending his stay with the Shrimps or catching the eye of other clubs.

Shrimps boss Jim Bentley said: “Danny’s been out injured and we’ve got a duty to get him fit again.

“He’s been working hard for months and will be back with us for pre-season.

“He can maybe prove a point to us and if not he can get himself fit enough and catch the eye and get a deal elsewhere.

“He’s been a great servant to the club and we’ve got to do right by him.”

The striker is one of a number of players whose Globe Arena contracts are on the verge of expiring.

Talks are on-going with both Lewis Alessandra and Jordan Burrow with boss Bentley hopeful of tieing the pair down with four of the club’s younger players having signed new deals this week.

Back-up goalkeeper Andreas Arestidou has penned a new two-year deal with Joe Mwasile, Joe McGee and Chris Doyle all signing one-year extensions.

Former Preston North End stopper Arestidou, 23, impressed when called into action last season, making eight appearances in all competitions.

And Bentley believes the local lad is not far off challenging Shrimps number one Barry Roche.

He said: “Andreas is getting closer and closer to Barry Roche.

“Barry is number one at the moment but I think Andreas has got the potential to be a very good goalkeeper at this level.

“He’s a local lad and with him signing a two-year deal finding a number two is something we don’t have to think about this time next year as we have had to do in the past.”

Central midfielder McGee and winger Mwasile both earned rave reviews during loan spells at Conference North side Workington Reds during 2012-2013.

First-year professional Doyle was called into first-team action late on in the season after injuries to several key defenders, making his full Football League debut against Torquay in the penultimate game of the season.

Bentley said: “To sign up the lads who have come through the ranks it is good for the fans to have local people in as they can relate to them a little bit more.

“It may be that we have to send one of two of them out on loan to get a bit more experience.

“But they are only going to become better players and hopefully they can do that here.”

Bentley continues to work hard to bring in new players and is looking to have a first team squad of 20 ahead of the new season, with the loan market also something the Shrimps boss is looking at.

He said: “We’re looking to bring in four or five, including possibly a loan or two.

“We’re working towards a squad of 20 to come in line with the budget cuts we’ve got to make, making sure we get the right people in.”

The Shrimps have added to their pre-season fixture list by announcing a game with Championship outfit Middlesbrough.

Tony Mowbray’s side will visit the Globe on Wednesday, July 17 for a 7.45pm kick-off.

The game is the fourth to be announced ahead of the 2013-2014 campaign.

Burnley and Raith Rovers visit the Globe Arena on July 9 and July 20 respectively with the Shrimps making the trip north of the border to face St Johnstone on July 27.