Morecambe boss Bentley ready for another transfer window of wheeling and dealing

Tony Thompson's short-term contract at the Globe Arena expires next week.
Tony Thompson's short-term contract at the Globe Arena expires next week.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley says he will once again have to wheel and deal in the January transfer window.

The Shrimps’ manager wants to freshen up a squad currently 17th in League 2 but in a familiar message for fans says players will have to move out of the Globe Arena first.

Anton Forrester's loan from Blackburn Rovers is due to expire after the game against Wycombe Wanderers.

Anton Forrester's loan from Blackburn Rovers is due to expire after the game against Wycombe Wanderers.

Bentley also has other more pressing issues to deal with as Anton Forrester’s loan from Blackburn is up after the game at Wycombe on Saturday and back-up goalkeeper Tony Thompson’s short-term contract ends next week.

The Shrimps boss said: “We’ve got a loan that’s up, a contract that’s up, we’ve got a couple of young lads who’ve been out on loan and one or two who might go again on loan.

“There might be one or two of the senior lads who come knocking asking to go out on loan too.

“It’s a busy time when the January window opens.

“I think we’re the same as most clubs in that I think we need a bit of a freshness and a little bit of a turnaround.

“If you can compare a football squad to a car it can only go for so long and then the oil needs changing. It needs a little injection of something.

“At the moment though people will have to leave before players can come in so we might have to do a bit of wheeling and dealing but we’ll see how the next week or two develops.

“Anything can happen in January and there’s quite a bit of work to be done certainly in the first week just to iron out one or two bits.”

One other consideration for Bentley is the possibility of interest in some of his promising young players with both Aaron McGowan and Ryan Edwards having been the subject of reported interest from clubs at a higher level.

Bentley said: “We’ve brought in good, young players who’ve done well and it wouldn’t surprise me if the phone rings with an enquiry about one or two of them who’ve had a decent first half of the season.

“You can see that from the scouting list that comes to watch home games and little things you hear about people being watched when we travel away."