SHRIMPS’ boss Jim Bentley says it will be a dream come true when he sees his side take on his Everton heroes for his testimonial.
Bentley has had confirmation that the Toffees will face the Shrimps in a pre-season friendly on July 14 to mark his 10 years at the club, the perfect fixture for someone who has always been a devout Evertonian.
He said: “I’ve always been a mad Everton fan and the links are there as my dad played for them as a youngster.
“David Moyes is an absolute hero and to be pitting my wits against him for my testimonial is pretty much a dream come true.
“My sons Jack and Max will be the mascots on the day and it will be a proud day for me and for my family.
“I never got the chance to play against Everton unlike Ken McKenna who faced them when he was at Telford in an FA Cup tie, something he never lets me forget!”
Bentley said he was keen to play some part of the game but also admitted that the match would probably be his last as a player.
He said: “I will certainly play some part of the game and it will probably be a great way to bow out.
“I haven’t played for some time now and I have to focus 100 per cent on management now to make sure we do as well as we can but if I can say my last game came against Everton, it’s not a bad way to finish is it?”
Bentley’s preparations for the new season continued this week when he signed Andrew Wright after his release from Scunthorpe.
The 27-year-old former Liverpool junior has been brought to the club for his defensive strength with Bentley pencilling Wright in as a holding midfielder.
Bentley said: “He is a player that has a lot of experience and can play almost anywhere across the back four with great defensive strengths.
“He is a good lad who will fit in well and I know he will be a good addition to the squad.”
Wright said he was delighted to be joining the Shrimps and admitted that he had been helped in his decision by former Morecambe players Mark Duffy and Garry Thompson.
He said: “Both Mark and Garry said Morecambe was a great club and I’m big friends with Mark Lillis’ son Josh as well who had nothing but praise for the club and the manager.
“It’s a great set up and I can’t wait to come in for pre-season training.”
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