Bentley battling to bring in defender

Joe Mwasile has joined Altrincham on loan.
Joe Mwasile has joined Altrincham on loan.

Jim Bentley is hoping his wheeling and dealing pays off in the transfer window as he goes in search of a second signing.

Jamie Devitt has joined on a month’s loan from Chesterfield this week with Joe Mwasile being allowed to join Skrill North side Altrincham.

And while admitting his tight budget means it is hard to bring someone in the Morecambe boss is hopeful of signing a defender before the end of January.

Bentley said: “I thought we needed a couple of players to freshen things up.

“It’s difficult financially because we’re trying to run things the right way.

“We never spend what we haven’t got so we have a small amount of money we’re trying to do business with.

“I’ve been knocked back on a couple of defenders because I can’t match what the club want wage wise.

“One way of doing it was getting Mwasile out and Devitt in and offsetting the two wages.

“What we had, we still have, so there’s money to play around with and we’re still searching.

“Hopefully we’ll get another body in as soon as possible because I think that’s what we need.”

There were a few raised eyebrows when Mwasile was allowed to join Altrincham but Bentley insists it is a move that is best for both the development of the young winger and the Shrimps’ prospects in League 2 over the next few weeks.

Bentley said: “With the weather and the reserve games being called off, Joe needed games and Altrincham have got about seven or eight in the month.

“He lives in Stockport so it’s ideal for him because he doesn’t drive.

“He’ll still train here in the early part of the week and then go there in the second half of the week.

“He needs games and I think that was proven when he played on Tuesday (his Altrincham debut) and got taken off after 70 minutes with some people saying he wasn’t really match fit.

“It was a big gamble for us to put him in our first team when he was down the pecking order and certainly down on match fitness.

“That goes for the other youngsters too.

“We do want to push them, we do want to try and progress them but it’s a big gamble.

“You don’t always know what you’re going to get and the position we’re in, if we get a few more points we’ll be a bit safer.

“That’s not to be negative, it’s realistic.

“So we felt to get the two people in we wanted, Mwasile going to Altrincham was a good move.

“When he comes back he might be in more of a position to affect our first team.”