Doyle: I can be a leader for Morecambe

Chris Doyle.
Chris Doyle.

Chris Doyle believes he can be a leader in the future for Morecambe.

The promising 19-year-old defender has put pen to paper on a one-year deal and while hoping for more game time knows he still has a lot to learn.

Doyle, who has captained the reserves, said: “I think I need to be a bit more vocal.

“I like to think of myself as being a leader.

“I’ve got a lot more to bring to the team but I’ve still got a lot to learn.”

The Liverpudlian was crowned the Reverse Team Player of the Year for the second year in succession at the club’s end of year awards and while delighted with the gong, knows it is now time to kick on.

Doyle, who started one game against York last season as well as substitute appearances against Dagenham and Portsmouth, said: “It was brilliant.

“Drummy’s (reserve team boss Stewart Drummond) been a great manager and we had a good season. I’m honoured to have won it again.

“But it shows me it’s time to move up. Whether it’s 45 minutes or 90, I just want to get myself match fit and start playing regular games now.

“There’d be no better feeling than if the gaffer sat me down and told me he wanted to play 90 minutes but coming on in a game is a thrill too.

“I want to give the gaffer options.”

Doyle counts himself lucky that not only can he learn from experienced team mates such as the now departed Chris McCready and Shrimps skipper Mark Hughes, he also has a manager who played in his position.

And the youngster admits to watching footage of Jim Bentley online as he bids to develop his game. 
He said: “It’s great to learn from the experienced defenders especially in training.

“They’re really helping me. Having a manager that’s a centre half is a massive help too.

“He gives me pointers and takes me to one side in training and tells me what he might have done.

“He was really good at attacking the ball. I’ve watched him on YouTube and he put away a lot of headers.

“The gaffer just knows my position.”

Doyle believes he is versatile however having seen some game time as a holding midfielder.

He said: “I’m a centre half but I’ve played in midfield and think I could do a job at full back too.

“I’ll see what the gaffer offers me but I’ve always been a centre half.

“I like a head and a tackle but I’m fairly confident on the ball too and don’t mind bringing it out of defence.”

As for the Shrimps’ chances next season, Doyle is confident that having joined the likes of Jamie Devitt, Ryan Edwards and Shaun Beeley in putting pen to paper that the Shrimps can kick on.

He said: “It’s hard. This league can go anyway.

“I don’t think we should be considered one of the favourites for relegation next season - we can kick on.

“The squad looks stronger and Devitt and Beeley are the types of player that we need.

“Last season it was the games we were drawing 0-0 or 1-1 or going ahead and not getting the second goal.

“I think we’ll do a lot better this season.”