Jim Bentley: Richard Brodie ‘perfect fit’ for Morecambe

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MORECAMBE boss Jim Bentley says striker Richard Brodie would be a valuable addition to his first-team squad.

Brodie, 25, looks set to be made available for a loan spell from parent club Crawley and Bentley said he would be keen to bring the former York front man to the Globe if possible.

A number of clubs have been alerted to the fact that Brodie, who spent last season at loan at Fleetwood, may be available with the Shrimps among those who have made enquiries.

Bentley said: “I have seen him play a few times and he is someone I would definitely be interested in.

“I think he would fit into our side perfectly. He is tall and strong and can lead the line and get behind defenders and would link well with players like Jack Redshaw and Jordan Burrow.

“He is a proven goalscorer as well and I think he would be someone who would excite the Morecambe fans.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and see what happens.”

Bentley said he took plenty of positives from his side’s performance against Everton on Saturday despite the 4-1 defeat.

He said: “We always look to take the pluses from games like this and there were some things I was happy with.

“The new boys settled in really well and everyone came through the game without picking up an injury which is always a positive.

“We kept the ball well but we did make mistakes and when we did we were punished which is what you have to expect when you are playing against Premiership players.

“We struggled to create many clear chances but again when you are playing against players like Sylvain Distin in your first game you have to bear that in mind.”

One player missing at the weekend was defender Nick Fenton who was nursing a calf injury but Bentley is hopeful that he will be fit to face Preston North End at the Globe on Saturday.