Bentley turns attention to signing left back

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley.
Morecambe manager Jim Bentley.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley has turned his attentions to signing a left back after starting his summer transfer activity in style.

It was a busy day at the Globe Arena on Monday with Jamie Devitt, Shaun Beeley, Ryan Edwards and Aaron McGowan all putting pen to paper on two-year deals with the Shrimps.

While Bentley admitted there wouldn’t be much more in the way of new arrivals he does need to fill the void at the left side of his defence after Robbie Threlfall’s departure at the end of his contract.

The Shrimps boss is also close to finalising deals with Chris Doyle and Stewart Drummond while Tony Diagne and Marcus Marshall remain on the transfer list.

Bentley said: “It’s been good, it’s big news for the club, it shows we’re going in the right direction.

“Obviously we’ve still got money in the budget.

“We need a left back to replace Robbie Threlfall but there’s not going to be too much more.

“There’s one or two other pieces to sort, Doyle and Drummond, and obviously we’ve got two players on the transfer list so we’ll see what happens there.

“We’re still looking where we can improve but we need a left back and that’s our next priority.”

Bentley was pleased that three players who had been on short-term deals at the club, Devitt, Edwards and Beeley, decided to commit long-term despite interest from elsewhere.

He said: “There’s been a few after Devs, a few after Ryan and I’d imagine there’s been a few looking at Beels too.

“One thing that plays in our favour is that while we aren’t the most blessed financially but some players respect the working environment, the people they’re working with, their team mates, whatever it may be.

“They’ve chosen to come to us and we’re made up.

“If you’re going to bring someone in on loan you bring them in to do a job but you’ve also got one eye on the future as well.

“It’s always better to let both parties have a look at one another. They’ve looked at us and liked what they’ve seen.

“We knew they were good players coming in and they’ve proved they’re the right characters to fit into the group.

“They tick all the boxes and it’s a positive move by us.”