Morecambe unlikely to make January additions

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley
Morecambe manager Jim Bentley

Morecambe are “very unlikely” to make any new signings in the January transfer window.

Boss Jim Bentley says falling crowds are harming his ability to bring in players as he made an impassioned plea for the town to get behind his side in 2013.

He said: “The drop in crowds recently has become a real concern and I know it’s not just at Morecambe but across the country.

“But for a small squad like us any drop in crowds makes a massive difference to the squad we can put together.

“We are working with probably the smallest squad in League 2 and we are fighting against some massive sides.

“We are a small fish in a big pond and the last thing I want to happen is for us to fall through the trap door because so many people have worked so hard to get this club in to the Football League.

“The transfer window will be opening shortly but it’s very unlikely that we will be able to do anything in that window and that is why it’s so important that people get behind us and give us their support.

“We want to stay a Football League club for many years to come.”

Bentley is hoping the fans listen to his plea on New Year’s Day when Capital One Cup heroes Bradford are the visitors to the Globe Arena.

He said: “Bradford are a massive club at this level and always bring a massive following.

“It’s always a great occasion and we have had really exciting games against them in the past.

“It would be great to get as many Morecambe fans there as possible to help generate a great atmosphere and get behind the team.”

The Shrimps boss is hoping to have Nick Fenton and Jack Redshaw back, the pair having missed Saturday’s draw at Chesterfield with a calf injury and illness respectively.

Jordan Burrow came off the bench against The Spireites despite only having had one training session since his achilles injury.

Jordan Mustoe’s loan spell, due to end on January 1, has finished early due to a groin injury and he has returned to Wigan.

Striker Richard Brodie’s future is still to be decided, with his loan from Crawley also due to end on New Year’s Day.