Morecambe boss makes late swoops

James Jennings (right) has joined Morecambe on loan until January
James Jennings (right) has joined Morecambe on loan until January
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Morecambe manager Jim Bentley made two further additions to his squad moments before the transfer window closed at 11pm this evening.

The Shrimps’ boss agreed loan deals for Cheltenham Town defender James Jennings and Burnley striker Ntumba Massanka, which run until January 3.

Jennings had only joined Cheltenham over the summer from Forest Green Rovers following Town’s return to the Football League.

The 28-year-old, who started as a youngster with Manchester City, had been with Rovers for two years but left them once his contract had expired.

Bentley said: “James is a player I have been aware of for some time.

“He is a really solid defender who will bring some valuable experience to the squad.”

Jennings, who plays on the left-hand side of defence, featured at left-wing-back for Town in their Checkatrade Trophy tie at Blackpool last night.

He scored the opening goal for Gary Johnson’s side before they were undone by Kyle Vassell’s second-half double for the Seasiders.

Jennings also counts Macclesfield Town, Kettering Town, Cambridge United and Mansfield Town among his former employers.

He is likely to make his debut against Leyton Orient on Saturday following Luke Conlan’s call-up to the Northern Ireland Under-21 squad.

Massanka (19) is yet to make his senior debut for the Clarets but has been a regular scorer for their development side.

A former Manchester United youth team player, he had a loan spell with York City last season in League Two.

“Ntumba is a promising young striker who we have heard some good reports about,” Bentley added.

“He will gain valuable experience with us and will be a good addition to our squad.”

Jennings and Massanka take the number of loanees at the Globe Arena to five with Jack Dunn, Cole Stockton and Alex Whitmore already on temporary deals.