Morecambe boss Bentley admits transfer struggles

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley.
Morecambe manager Jim Bentley.

JIM Bentley has admitted his tight budget is frustrating his attempts to finalise his squad for the coming season.

The Shrimps have Morecambe-born former Preston ‘keeper Andreas Arestidou and midfielder Ryan Williams training with the club but the Morecambe boss told The Visitor no deals were imminent with either player due to financial constraints.

He said: “There’s nothing happening at the moment. Finances aren’t great to be perfectly honest.

“We need a back-up ‘keeper but I’m finding it hard bringing players in.

“Andreas has missed time as he hasn’t been with a club and he’s a local lad so we’re doing him a favour. If we can sort something maybe it will happen.

“Ryan has done well in training and in games. He’s a good age and has a good pedigree and if it was possible we’d probably like to take him on.”

Bentley is also keeping tabs on Blackpool goalkeeper Chris Kettings, who impressed on loan at the Globe Arena last season, in his search for somebody to back up Barry Roche.

The Shrimps boss said: “Chris might be a possibility. He did well last season but has had a bit of an injury, a dislocated finger, but is fit again now and we’re monitoring the situation.”

Bentley was pleased with his side’s performance in their 2-0 defeat against Bury on Saturday but has concerns over the fitness of defender Nick Fenton who limped off with a calf injury that has been troubling him throughout pre-season.

Speaking on Monday evening, he said: “I thought we were probably the better side but got wobbled a bit and that’s something we’ve got to learn.

“There was the penalty decision, a goal ruled out for not a lot and Nick Fenton’s injury all in five minutes. They were two poor decisions but we can’t let them affect us.

“Nick had a scan today and we’re expecting the results on Tuesday. It’s not great because if we’re short anywhere it’s in defence.”

The Shrimps now face a tough run of friendlies starting with Bolton Wanderers, recently relegated from the Premier League, on Wednesday, August 1 at the Globe Arena.

Bentley said: “Bolton are a massive club and it will be a big test. I want to win every pre-season game and this will be no different.

“The lads will get more minutes and we’ll try some different things as well. It will be ideal preparation for the season.”