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Bentley Eyes Further Signings

28 July 2016

Boss still looking to add to his squad

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley is eyeing further signings ahead of the new season after adding Burnley youngster Alex Whitmore to his squad.

The 20-year-old’s arrival was announced prior to Tuesday night’s 4-1 friendly defeat to Preston North End on a six month deal.

The Newcastle-born central defender played the final 20 minutes having previously featured in the opening friendly at Bamber Bridge.

Whitmore’s previous loan experience includes at Chester and Gateshead, the stopper playing 25 goals and scoring two goals for the latter in the National League last season.

Bentley now says he has a couple of other areas he wants to strengthen with a back-up goalkeeper amongst the positions to be filled before the season starts officially at Grimsby a week on Saturday.

He said: “We got to have a look at him because we’ve got a good relationship with Burnley.

“I’d like to thank them for letting us take Alex on loan.

“We’ve seen strengths in him. He’s a decent player who played 25 games at Conference level last year so he knows what man’s football is all about.

“He’s a good competitor. What we’ve seen has been pleasing. We’ve spoken to people in the game as well who know him and all the reports are good.

“We needed strengthening in that department and there’s a couple of others we’d like to strengthen to thicken the squad out a little bit.

“We’ll just have to see what we can do elsewhere leading up to the start of the season.”

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