Morecambe defender Doyle signs new one-year deal

Chris Doyle.
Chris Doyle.

Morecambe’s teenage defender Chris Doyle has agreed a new one-year deal with the Shrimps.

The 19-year-old has extended his stay at the Globe Arena having been named the club’s reserve team player of the year for the second year in succession.

Shrimps boss Jim Bentley said: “We know all about Chris and we are all confident that he has a good future in the game.

“He was the reserve team player of the year again last season and is getting better all the time.

“He has all the hallmarks of being an excellent defender.

“He reads the game really well and is confident in possession and is getting stronger all the time as well.

“He has been at the club for a few years and is a really good lad to have around and dressing room.”

Elsewhere, highly-rated young winger Declan Watson has been handed his first professional contract.

The teenager has been given a one-year deal after impressing with the Shrimps’ youth and reserve sides last season.

Bentley said: “Declan is someone who has really impressed us with his performances and his attitude.

“He has played for the English Colleges side and grown in confidence since joining our college scheme.

“He really caught the eye in a reserve team game at Port Vale last year when he caused an experienced side a lot of problems with his pace and he is someone who we feel deserves a chance to show us what he can do over the next 12 months.”

Bentley believes Watson’s progression, as well as that of Aaron McGowan, is a good sign for the future of the club.

He said: “It is great that we are able to give some of our younger players a chance because the youth set-up at the club is getting better and better all the time with the addition of the Elite Player Performance (EPP) scheme to work alongside the college course.

“We have taken on Declan and Aaron McGowan this year and we are hoping that we can continue to do that every year as the standard of young players coming into the club develops.

“I am also confident that our own development system will shortly begin to bear fruit and we have a pool of home grown talent available.

“That takes time but we are certainly going in the right direction.”