Shrimps set to sign striker

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MORECAMBE boss Sammy McIlroy hopes he will have a new face in his squad for Saturday's trip to Oxford United. By STEVEN HEWITT

Jason Walker, who has played in the Scottish League with Morton, has been training with the Shrimps squad and with the opening of the transfer window on New Year's Day, can now play, pending him putting pen to paper.

McIlroy said: "He will be a good addition to the squad and I am looking forward to getting him on board.

"He did well in Scotland, he has good movement and although he is not the biggest, he is decent in the air for his size."

Attack is an area of concern for McIlroy with Garry Thompson and Jamie Burns both out of Saturday's game with hamstring injuries and Danny Carlton still a way off a return. McIlroy is hoping to extend Burns' loan from Blackpool.

Ged Brannan was expected to decide whether to move to Southport as assistant manager this week. If Brannan does go to Haig Avenue, that would reduce McIlroy's cover in defence.

He added: "There are other areas we want to strengthen and I will be looking to see if the right people come available."

The Shrimps boss called on a small section of the crowd to show more patience after his side's first defeat in 11 Conference games at York on New Year's Day.

Speaking after the disappointing 3-1 defeat, he said: "It was a poor day for us and a disappointment to lose to someone who will be challenging us for a play-off spot.

"I thought we were a bit off the pace and the fact that York had had an extra day's rest after being allowed to play their game on Friday night told. They were sharper than us and we had a few players off the pace.

"But the run was always going to come to an end at some time and I think supporters need to realise that. You are not going to win every game and play great football every game because things don't work that way."

The Shrimps head to faltering Oxford – who have slipped to second behind Dagenham – looking to exact revenge for a 3-0 defeat at Christie Park earlier in the campaign.

McIlroy said: "It will be a tough game but I will be giving the lads a couple of days off this week to make sure they have a good rest and we'll be looking to start another good run on Saturday."

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