Devitt: I’ve fallen back in love with football at Morecambe

Jamie Devitt on the ball against Hartlepool.
Jamie Devitt on the ball against Hartlepool.

Jamie Devitt says his time at Morecambe has helped him fall back in love with football.

The Shrimps’ loan star has signed a two-year deal at the Globe Arena after being released by Chesterfield and admits he’s looking forward to settling at a club and refinding the form that saw him make his Hull debut as a 20-year-old in the Championship.

The attacking midfielder also revealed the Morecambe fans had played a part in him signing a permanent deal with the Shrimps, the 23-year-old having been a popular figure since his arrival from the Spireites on loan in January.

The Dubliner said: “It’s great to be wanted at a place and the way the fans have taken to me is great and I’ve got on really well with the lads too.

“It’s a major factor. If you come somewhere and you don’t really enjoy it then you’re just playing for the sake of it really.

“I think I fell back in love with the game really in the last year and I’m just looking forward to the new season when I can kick on.”

There were other options available to Devitt but he says Shrimps boss Jim Bentley had a big say in him putting pen to paper.

He said: “I think it was the honesty between me and the manager.

“I’ve had a lot of people say they want to offer me things but it could be another three or four weeks before it’s a concrete offer. I just wanted to get things tied up to be honest.

“This is a great club and I think it’s going to go places with the signings that have come in.

“I travelled in with Shaun Beeley today, we were talking, and I think our first aim should be the play-offs.

“If you look at York they’ve sneaked in there and they’ve done very well but we’re as good as they are and we’ve beaten Fleetwood and Southend so I don’t see why we can’t kick on and go on a good run.”

A fine season would likely see Devitt to the fore for the Shrimps as he targets a return to the Championship.

He admits that it hasn’t been plain sailing despite the promising start to his professional career.

Devitt said: “I made a lot of mistakes when I was growing up.

“I think I just maybe earned a little too much money too soon and I didn’t know what to do.

“I was maybe given bad advice or whatever but I’ve learned what it is to go through tough times and I just want to settle down and kick on.”