Morecambe boss Bentley to wait and see with Devitt

Jamie Devitt battles for the ball against AFC Wimbledon.
Jamie Devitt battles for the ball against AFC Wimbledon.

Jim Bentley says it’s a case of biding his time as to whether Jamie Devitt will return to Morecambe.

The popular on-loan Chesterfield winger scored in his final game for the Shrimps as they secured League 2 safety with a 3-0 win at AFC Wimbledon last Saturday.

The Football League’s 93-day loan rule means Devitt is unavailable when Bentley’s side finish their season against Bury at the Globe Arena on Saturday and could even feature for the promoted Spireites against Fleetwood.

The Morecambe boss is however keeping a close eye on the Irishman’s future as well as that of other recent arrivals Jordan Mustoe, Shaun Beeley and Ryan Edwards.

Bentley said: “Devitt’s done well for us.

“He’s a good player and good in the dressing room. I can’t say what I feel too much because he’s Chesterfield’s player and I don’t know what they want to do.

“He might be involved this Saturday for them. We’ll have to wait and see if Chesterfield offer him something or whether they’re going to release him.

“He’s definitely a player we’d be interested in because we’ve had a look at him he’s had a look at us.

“He’s a good player and if there’s good players available within our range then we’ll certainly be interested in them.

“There’s one or two others as well who’ve come in since January who’ve all got plenty to offer to the club and we’ll see how we go.”

Shrimps fans’ optimism about possible new arrivals was increased with comments from chairman Peter McGuigan about an increase to the playing budget for next season.

While hoping to operate with a bigger squad next season, Bentley insists things still need to be ironed out.

He said: “We’ve been stretched this season with regards to bodies and have been only able to name five or six on the bench at times.

“It’s how you use your budget. You could go with a smaller squad and try and get a little bit more quality or you could stretch the money and go with a bigger squad.

“You’ve got to get the balance right but it depends what the outcomes of the conversations with the chairman are.

“It was all well and good saying after the Wimbledon game that he was going to be increasing my budget but until I sit down with him and know what I’ve got we’ll have to take it from there.

One player the Morecambe boss has cast his eye over ahead of next season is prolific Kendal Town striker Danny Mitchley.

The former Blackpool youngster, who scored 26 goals for the Mintcakes this season, played 45 minutes as Morecambe’s Reserves finished their season with a 1-0 win at Shrewsbury on Tuesday.

Bentley said: “He did okay.

“He came on at half time and unfortunately we got an injury to Joe McGee when we’d made all three subs so he had to do some defensive work.

“He had two good chances and brought a couple of good saves from the ‘keeper. He’s a local lad, who‘s done well at the lower levels and scored a lot of goals.

“I’m always looking round non-league and thankfully he could get the day off work and he came and turned out for us so he’s definitely one we’ll monitor.”