Askey set to seal Wa­ter­fall deal

Macc man­ager hop­ing to se­cure de­fender’s re­turn in time to face Har­ri­ers

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - MIKE GLENDIN­NING

JOHN Askey was this week on the verge of pulling off a deal to bring Luke Wa­ter­fall back to Mac­cles­field Town.

The big de­fender has been at the top of Askey’s shop­ping list since his three-month loan stay at the Moss Rose ended in Novem­ber.

And as the Ex­press went to press Askey – who this week ex­tended the loan spells of Alex Grant and Denny Johnstone – was desperately hop­ing to beat off in­ter­est from a ri­val Con­fer­ence club in or­der to land Wa­ter­fall (right) from Scun­thorpe United, who sent the 24-year-old back out on loan, to League Two Mans­field.

“I’m happy we’ve been able to keep Denny and Alex un­til the end of the sea­son,” he said. “Both have shown they’ve got tal­ent and I’m pleased that they’re stay­ing, and I’m do­ing my best to get Luke back in.

“I know another Con­fer­ence club is in for him and if it comes down to money then Scun­thorpe will want him to go to who­ever will pay the most money for him.

“But if it’s go­ing to be on loan then it will come down to the player him­self.

“Luke has said he’d like to come back and we’d love to take him be­cause he did re­ally well for us and de­fence is the one po­si­tion where we don’t re­ally have any cover.

“If we can get Luke back in then it’ll give us a great chance and give ev­ery­one a lift as well. But we have to be pre­pared in case he doesn’t come to us so we’re still look­ing else­where. We also need some­one in in case any­thing was to hap­pen to Scott Bar­row, he’s like a creak­ing gate after some games! So we could do with a left-sided player, a mid­fielder who can play at left-back ide­ally.”

How­ever, Macc’s fi­nan­cial lim­i­ta­tions are to take another hit this win­ter with the post­pone­ment of next Tues­day’s league game at home to Telford be­ing post­poned due to the Bucks’ FA Trophy in­volve­ment.

Macc will now host Lin­coln City on Jan­uary 24 – the date Al­trin­cham will con­tinue their Trophy run – but with the Telford and Alty dates to be re-ar­ranged there’s pre­cious lit­tle to come through the gates with just one other home game be­fore March 7.

“We’ve been try­ing to get Al­trin­cham to change that game to next Tues­day but they don’t seem too keen to help us out on that one, sur­pris­ingly they’re re­fus­ing to move the date,” com­plained the man­ager.

“It seems crazy when there are dates there to be filled. When th­ese sit­u­a­tions have come up in the past the games have had to be played on the clos­est fix­tures that are free. Who­ever does the fix­tures cer­tainly hasn’t helped us out ei­ther.

“So we feel a bit like we’re be­ing con­spired against, but we’ll use it to spur us on.

“If peo­ple want to put things in our way that’s fine – we’ll just be even more de­ter­mined to knock them out of the way.”

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● John Askey has ex­tended the stay of Stoke’s Alex Grant (above, in ac­tion against Al­trin­cham) at Macc Town. The Silk­men boss was also hop­ing to seal a deal for Luke Wa­ter­fall to re­turn as the Ex­press went to press

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