Keep our kids here
INVESTING in youth is the only way to protect Macclesfield Town’s future.
That’s the view of manager John Askey, who’s desperate to sign up his fledgling stars and avoid a third straight summer starting from scratch.
The boss has worked wonders in putting together a team that currently sits two points outside the play-off places.
But, although there was a veteran in Efe Sodje on the bench, the side facing Wrexham last Friday contained numerous lads still finding their way in the professional game.
And Askey says these youngsters need to be awarded significantlysized contracts for the good of the club.
“I think we had six lads under 22 on Friday night and nobody over 30 on the pitch, I think Chris Holroyd was the oldest at 28,” said Askey ahead of their Tuesday night replay at Wrexham.
“What we need to do is build for the future, I want these lads to be signed up to protect the club and build for the future, we need to speculate to accumulate.
“I understand there’s a reluctance to commit to major investment but we need to get the balance right.
“Danny Andrew left for far less than he should have done last summer and we don’t want the same thing to happen with the likes of Paul Lewis.”
Askey has been able to make some investment this week, as a defender is expected to join tomorrow (Thursday) to help Macc cope with the departure of Luke Waterfall, whose loan spell ends after Saturday’s trip to Nuneaton.
“Obviously Luke’s been fantastic for us,” added Askey. “We’re hoping him returning to Scunthorpe won’t be too big a loss, we’ll only know for sure once he’s gone though.
“But Alex Grant did well on Friday night and we’ve got a new defender coming in on a month’s loan.
“Obviously Luke wants to play his football in the league, him returning depends what their new manager wants to do with him when he gets back. Their player on loan at Gateshead (Callum Howe) was allowed to play for them in the cup at the weekend. Luke wasn’t so that tells its own story.
“And there will be clubs who’ll be interested in Luke and can afford to pay more for him than we can. If we can stay in and around the play-off picture it makes it more of an enticing prospect for him so we’ll have to see.
“We do have good news on Danny Whitaker. He was back in training with the squad on Monday so, as long as there’s no reaction this week, he could be involved on Saturday.”
●● Luke Waterfall (above, right of pic) made his mark at Macc Town, not least with a stunning goal against Southport last month, but he returns to Scunthorpe United after this weekend’s trip to Nuneaton