Bentley delighted with fitness of players

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MORECAMBE boss Jim Bentley says he is delighted with the fitness of his players after they returned from their summer break this week.

The players reported for pre-season training on Monday with first day fitness tests producing excellent results.

And with less than two weeks to go before the side’s first competitive pre-season game – Bentley’s testimonial clash with Everton on July 14 – the manager said his team can hit the ground running.

He said: “The lads are in great shape and have really looked after themselves in the summer which is really encouraging. We obviously have a lot of fitness work planned for the next few weeks but we were able to get the ball out on Monday and play some short games.”

New signings Andy Wright and Robbie Threlfall met their new team mates for the first time and although Bentley said he will be running the rule over a couple of trialists he doesn’t expect too many more additions to the squad before the season kicks off in August.

He said: “We are in talks about a striker and we definitely need a goalkeeper as back up for Barry Roche but there is little flexibility to do much more at the moment and we may have to look at loans if necessary.”

Bentley’s eyes are now set on his testimonial game with Everton set to bring a strong squad to the Globe Arena with David Moyes’ side setting off on a pre-season tour of Scotland immediately after the match.

“I believe Everton are bringing a really strong squad to the game and I am really grateful to David Moyes for that,” said the Morecambe boss.

“I know Everton have already sold more than 1,000 tickets and I am hoping Morecambe fans come out in good numbers as well.”