Morecambe eye move for former Fleetwood man Goodall

Alan Goodall in action for Fleetwood Town.
Alan Goodall in action for Fleetwood Town.
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Morecambe will have a former Fleetwood Town utility man on trial when their pre-season kicks off on Wednesday.

Alan Goodall, 32, is a free agent after being released by the Cod Army following their promotion to League 1.

The former Rochdale and Chesterfield man can play in both defence and midfield and is seen by boss Jim Bentley as someone who could fill the gap in the squad left by Tony Diagne who completed a move to Lincoln City on Monday.

Bentley said: “We’ll get a look at him and he’ll look at us.

“He’s got options and will be with us for a few days.

“He can play as a holding midfielder, a left back or a centre half.

“We need someone versatile to replace Tony Diagne in the squad and he’s a good player who’s got a winning mentality.”

Bentley continues to also look for a left back but admits, having sealed deals for Shaun Beeley, Jamie Devitt and Ryan Edwards at the start of the summer, he won’t making a snap decision.

He said: “I’m getting closer on the left back but I’m not in a rush.

“We’re pretty much done and there’s still a lot of quality around.

“We want him in but I’m not going to get used.”

As for Diagne, Bentley 
admits it simply didn’t work out for the big Frenchman.

He said: “We wish Tony all the best.

“For one reason or another we just thought it best to go our separate ways.

“His professionalism and attitude were never in question and he was great to have around.

“He scored some important goals too but it just didn’t work.”

Having concentrated on possible comings and goings Bentley is now itching to get back on the training field with the Shrimps’ work ahead of the new season starting tomorrow, Wednesday.

He said: “I think this year it feels like ages since the season ended.

“Maybe it’s because I’ve had a few things on.

“There was the course at St George’s Park and my holiday.

“I’m more than ready to come back. It’s get to the stage where you’re twiddling your thumbs.

“On the first day we’ll be doing a lot of fitness prep at 3-1-5 (gym, Caton Road, Lancaster).

“We’ll do all our tests and then for the first couple of weeks it’s double days with fitness in the morning and ball work in the afternoon.

Out of contract defender Will Bell will report for pre-season while the club and player weigh up his options.

Released midfielder Joe McGee will also continue his rehab from his serious cruiciate ligament injury at the Globe Arena.