Parrish confident best is yet to come after penning new deal

Andy Parrish tries to create some space against Wycombe.
Andy Parrish tries to create some space against Wycombe.

Morecambe fans’ favourite Andy Parrish is confident he can keep improving after signing a two-year contract extension at the Globe Arena.

At 25, the versatile defender is arguably at his peak, but the former Bury man, who joined the Shrimps from the Greater Manchester side in 2008, believes he’s getting better all the time.

He said: “I still think I’ve got a bit more filling out to do.

“Especially if I go into centre half it’s always nice to put a bit of weight on which comes in your later 20s, but I’m in good form at the moment and at a good age.

“It’s brilliant working under the gaffer as a former centre half.

“You learn a lot and the way he is with the fans is fantastic.”

And Parrish insists he didn’t have to think for too long about putting pen to paper on a new contract that was due to expire in the summer.

He said: “I’m very happy, everybody’s delighted, my family, my missus, everybody.

“We love it here. It’s a great club with a great fanbase, and I know the gaffer was pleased as well and I’m happy to keep working under him.

“I don’t think there was ever any doubt in my mind. I’m happy here and everything’s going well so I’m pleased to stay.”

Despite his fine form, there is one part of his game Parrish knows he can work on.

The defender joked: “Two hundred and fifty league games, one goal. I could do with improving that a bit!

“But the gaffer doesn’t like putting me up for corners because he wants a little bit of pace of the back in case of a counter.

“That’s fine so I’ll be happy with a clean sheet rather than a goal.”

As for Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Wycombe, Parrish believes the Shrimps once again showed great character to come from behind to pick up a point but knows they could be making life easier for themselves.

He said: “The game was very physical and the pitch didn’t help.

“I know it had a couple of inspections before but we had it last week at Torquay, we know the pitches are going to cut up at this time of year.

“But I thought the lads did well, we put in a solid performance.

“We’re conceding too easily from set plays at the moment, especially corners, which is bit frustrating and is something we need to work on, but other than that I thought we were pretty solid and did well to get back in the game.

“In the second half we seem to come out and give it everything. We’ve beaten teams from one or 2-0 down.

“But if we cancelled out that first goal on Saturday we’d have gone on to win the game.”