Askey set to seal Waterfall deal
Macc manager hoping to secure defender’s return in time to face Harriers
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.”
●● 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