ONE TO WATCH: McGee has eyes set on starting berth

Joe McGee.
Joe McGee.

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Young Morecambe midfielder Joe McGee has his sights set on becoming a regular for The Shrimps.

The 19-year-old showed flashes of the great composure and vision that has seen him rise in to Jim Bentley’s first team towards the end of 2012.

And in 2013 he wants to add to his handful of appearances while learning from the senior players around him.

“I want to get as many starts as I can and become something of a regular,” he said.

“That’s all I can hope for. And to help push Morecambe up the table and keep improving because I’m young and can learn from the players around me.”

McGee has enjoyed the taste of action he has had this season, which has included starts against Accrington and Preston in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and a first Football League start against Chesterfield at the end of December.

He said: “The first one was Accrington away and I really enjoyed it. A lot of Morecambe fans went and we played really well.

“Then obviously against Chesterfield it was just good to get my first league start.”

The second year professional believes the 4-3-3 system often preferred by boss Bentley is ideal for him with him able to fit in to any role within the midfield three.

“I like the three in midfield,” he said.

“It gives me a bit more of a chance of playing and I’m playing alongside some very experienced players in those positions.

“I think I can do a bit of everything, I’m more of a box-to-box player.

“I look to get forward but I’m not just an attacking midfielder.

“I’m maybe most like Gary McDonald, he gets all over the place.”