Morecambe boss working hard ahead of next season

Jack Redshaw has signed a new contract with Morecambe.
Jack Redshaw has signed a new contract with Morecambe.
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Morecambe boss Jim Bentley is working hard to tie down key players to new contracts.

The Shrimps manager says he is wary of players with deals that expire in the summer being picked up by other clubs and is hopeful of some signing on the dotted line in the coming weeks.

He said: “I think it’s important once you’ve got an idea of what you want to get players signed up.

“We’ll have to see with regards to finances but I don’t want to leave players’ contracts to run down because you run the risk of someone coming in and pinching them.

“At the moment we’re doing well, they’ll be players getting watched, I know that for a fact, it’s important that we get our best players signed up sooner rather than later.”

The first player to put pen to paper was striker Jack Redshaw who has signed a one-year extension to his deal. And Bentley was delighted to get his man.

He said: “Jack’s got a lot of potential, he’s doing well.

“His form dipped a little bit and I think that went hand in hand with him having the contract talks.

“You can see he’s got that spring back in his step now.

“It was nearly all sorted before the Dagenham game and you can see by his performance that day when he came off the bench and then he backed it up at York.

“To come off the bench with 20 minutes to go, score two and nearly three, he played really well.

“We see potential in him, he’s not the finished article and with the work we’ve been doing he’s certainly improved during his time here and we hope we can fulfil his potential here and go on to bigger and better things.”