Now the ownership issues surrounding the club have been cleared, the Shrimps have been given the green light to carry on with work to expand its current youth development structure.
Director, Mike Hinchcliffe who oversees the club’s academy programme, said: “I’m delighted that the ownership of the club has been resolved and we can now move forward.
“The application to EFL and the Premier League for the MFC Academy to graduate to Category 3 from Category 4 can now proceed. There has been a huge amount of hard work from Stewart Drummond, Head of Academy and his capable team; supported by Mick Horton, Football Secretary which has got the Club to this point”
“This is an integral part of the plan for the development of the club. If we can achieve Category 3, hopefully this year starting on 1st July, then it will be an exciting time for the young footballers of the area.
“I am pleased to say that we will be continuing our long standing relationship with Lancaster and Morecambe College who we will be working closely with as a facility partner for our cat 3 academy.”
Shrimps boss Jim Bentley added: “It has been a long time since we saw local players making their way into the first team here; supporters really buy into local lads and building the academy to cat 3 is a step in the right direction. I want to build a long term future for the club on and off the pitch and this is an exciting step for everyone attached to the club and in the area.”