Lancaster City skipper: Danny Carlton can be a huge asset for us

Danny Carlton in action for Morecambe. Picture: PA Wire.
Danny Carlton in action for Morecambe. Picture: PA Wire.
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Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock will sit down with Danny Carlton on Thursday night to discuss a potential future for him at the club.

The Morecambe legend, who retired from the game 12 months ago, made a surprise return to football on Saturday as he scored in the Dolly Blues’ 5-2 friendly win at North West Counties Premier Division side AFC Darwen.

A good friend of City midfielder and former Shrimps team mate Garry Hunter, the 31-year-old is best known for scoring the winner at Wembley that saw Morecambe promoted to the Football League for the first time in their history back in 2007.

He then joined Carlisle and Bury before returning to The Shrimps where he picked up a serious knee injury in September 2012.

A move to Hyde followed before Carlton ultimately hung up his boots after a loan spell at Chester City in June 2014.

Having trained with the Dolly Blues three or four times, captain Neil Marshall believes the experienced front man would be a huge asset in the Evo-Stik First Division North despite currently being short of match fitness.

He said: “He’s been training with us for a few weeks and you can see when he gets himself fit he’s going to be a good addition.

“Even when he’s not at his sharpest you can see his quality.

“He’s got his touch and movement and the younger lads can really learn from him.

“Garry has been pointing out his runs to Killer (Tom Kilifin) and Tayls (Aaron Taylor) because he’s still got that quality.

“He seems keen and that bit of experience will really help us out.”

Marshall, 30, is currently the oldest player in the squad, ahead of Hunter by just a day, a crown that would be taken by Carlton should he commit to the Dolly Blues in the long term.

The skipper said: “We were talking about it in a training match the other day and joking how I was the oldest.

“It’d be nice if it wasn’t me anymore!

“But we played a game the other day where it was the older players against the younger lads and the senior ones were considered those over 23.

“We do have a really young squad so a couple of players in their 30s would really help us out.”

Lancaster complete their pre-season campaign at home to Evo-Stik Premier Division side Workington on Saturday with the season opener coming away at Burscough seven days later on August 15.

Marshall said: “It’s been a good pre-season and we want to build on what we’ve done so far on Saturday.

“The last friendly is where it really starts to get real and we want to get a bit of confidence going.

“Workington aren’t a bad side but we want to go into next week on a high.”

The game at Giant Axe is a 3pm kick-off.