Drummond set for role in Morecambe youth set-up

Stewart Drummond with a special trophy after reaching 600 appearances for Morecambe.
Stewart Drummond with a special trophy after reaching 600 appearances for Morecambe.
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Morecambe stalwart Stewart Drummond is set to take on a role in the club’s youth set-up.

The Shrimps legend will sit down with boss Jim Bentley this week to discuss both his playing contract and position in the backroom staff.

Bentley believes the veteran midfielder, who picked up an award for passing 600 league and cup appearances for the Shrimps at their end of season presentation night, still has a part to play in the first team while also being the ideal man to bring through the club’s young players.

He said: “Drummy’s going to get a bit more involved in the youth set-up as well as doing the reserves.

“I think he’s still got something to offer the first-team squad too but there’ll be more of a role in youth development for him.

“I can’t think of a better person to do it either having come through the system himself.

“As with everything it’s down to finances but negotiations are usually fine with Drummy and we’ll be sitting down to sort it out this week.”

After sitting down with chairman Peter McGuigan to finalise an increased budget, Bentley has offered new contracts to youngsters Chris Doyle and Aaron McGowan.

He continues to discuss options with young central defender Will Bell.

The Shrimps boss however says his talks with the club’s hierarchy didn’t just focus on the playing squad.

He said: “I’ve had a meeting with the chairman about everything on and off the field and have more coming up.

“It’s not just the playing squad. We want to improve the whole club.

“The meetings have been good and everything is looking a little more positive.”

In terms of new recruits, work is well under way on bringing fresh faces to the Globe Arena. 
Bentley said: “We’ve spoken to one or two potential new players about next season.

“There’s no set number we’re after, it’s about how you manage your budget. 
“The budget has gone up a little and we’re hoping to go with a couple more bodies than last season but some of the players who have extended deals have seen their money go up so it’s all about managing what I’ve got.”