Morecambe linked with move for ex-Lancaster City captain

Alex Kenyon.
Alex Kenyon.

Morecambe are being linked with a move for a former Lancaster City midfielder.

Stockport County’s player of the year Alex Kenyon is out of the contract at Edgeley Park and could be set for a move away from the relegated Conference side.

The 20-year-old was one of the few shining lights in a horrible season for the Greater Manchester side.

A former Myerscough College student, Kenyon was made Lancaster City captain aged just 19 before earning a move to the pro game with County.

With the Hatters set to go part-time in the Conference North, the former Everton youngster is understood to want to stay full-time having had a stand-out first season in the Conference.

Manager Jim Bentley has said he would look to pick up players from non-league as he battles a third summer of budget cuts.

The Shrimps boss has had success with the likes of Jack Redshaw and Ryan Williams making the step up to the Football League.

Kenyon could act as a replacement for Gary McDonald after it was announced the Scottish midfielder would be leaving the Globe Arena after two years with the Shrimps.

Like Nick Fenton and Will Haining before, boss Jim Bentley wanted to keep the 31-year-old but could only offer him reduced terms, which the former Hamilton man turned down.

Bentley said: “Like Nick and Will he was a player I would have liked to have kept but he wasn’t able to accept the terms we could offer and he has opted to look for another club.

“I hope he sorts out a deal soon.’’

Bentley said McDonald, who made more than 80 appearances for the Shrimps scoring sevens goals, had been a “model professional” since making him one of his first signings in the summer of 2011.

He said: “He’s been a great player for this club.

“He is a great trainer with a fantastic attitude and has hardly missed a game since he has been here.

“You can rely on him to play 40 games a season for you, he’s a model professional.

“We would have liked to keep him but we can’t afford to.”

Chris Holroyd is another player leaving the Globe Arena.

The striker will not be having his stay with the Shrimps extended having joined following his Preston North End release in January.

The well-travelled 26-year-old scored one goal for the Shrimps in the 3-2 defeat at Burton back in February. 
New deals remain on the table for Lewis Alessandra and Jordan Burrow with Bentley hopeful both players will sign.

The Shrimps boss is near to sorting out all the futures of his current squad, with Danny Carlton set to return for pre-season in a bid to regain his fitness, and is now looking to secure the four of five additions he wants to make in the close season.

He said: “I have spoken to a few players and am hoping to be able to announce some deals soon which is good and I have spoken to a few more.

“I have hardly stopped since the season ended and although I’ve lost out on a couple of targets already there will be better news shortly.”