Holroyd: Morecambe move an easy decision

Chris Holroyd sees his attempt blocked on his debut against Cheltenham.
Chris Holroyd sees his attempt blocked on his debut against Cheltenham.

New Morecambe front man Chris Holroyd says he didn’t have to think long about joining The Shrimps despite having other offers on the table.

The striker was released by Preston at the beginning on January and was snapped up by Jim Bentley on a deal until the end of the season last week.

The former Rotherham man had spent the first half of the season on loan at Macclesfield and revealed he turned down a move to Moss Rose to stay in the Football League.

The 26-year-old said: “I left Preston two weeks ago and my future was a bit up in the air but as soon as I heard of the interest I was really keen to get here.

“It’s not great when you’re a bit uncertain about things but you’ve got to keep ticking over in the gym because I wanted to come here and be ready to go in straight away and keep my sharpness.

“There was an offer on the table (from Macclesfield) but my ambition was to stay in the league so it’s a great opportunity for me.

“I’m looking to do well and earn myself a longer deal.”

The Globe dressing room won’t by an unfamiliar setting for Holroyd who spent a spell on trial with The Shrimps in 2007 ahead of their first season in the Football League and has played with Kevin Ellison and Stewart Drummond at the start of his career.

He said: “I played with Kev and Stewart Drummond at Chester but that’s when I was just starting out but I’ve played here a lot of times and was here on trial when the gaffer was playing.

“It’s a really good club to join with a great infrastructure.”

After signing last Thursday he didn’t have to wait long for a taste of the action, playing the final half an hour of the goalless draw with Cheltenham on Friday night.

“It was great to come on,” he said.

“It was a tough night and conditions didn’t play in our favour but I think it’s a good point in the end.

“But we’ve got to convert some of these points into wins, that’s what the gaffer’s been saying.

“We’re unbeaten at home for a long time but if we can turn some of these draws in to wins our current league position, which doesn’t reflect too kindly on us, will pick up.

“I don’t think we’re far off.”