I couldn’t break the bank for Luke
JOHN Askey may have missed out on his big transfer target of the winter but he insists he won’t lead the men in blue into the red.
The Macclesfield boss had been hoping that Luke Waterfall, who’d starred for him on loan in the first three months of the season, would come back to the Moss Rose.
However, the centreback opted for a move to Wrexham, signing an 18-month contract at the Racecourse Stadium on Thursday, meaning Askey had to concede defeat to the Dragons.
“It was just a case that Wrexham offered him a certain amount of money, nothing extraordinary, but we’re unable to match it,” revealed the Macc manager. “I’m not prepared to spend money that we haven’t got – even if someone upstairs says ‘yes you can do it’, if the money’s not there to be spent the players’ wages have still got to be paid, so we’re not prepared to do that, that’s why we missed out on Luke. We’re still trying to bring someone in because we’ve only got two centre-halves.
“Also, I won’t spend a terrific amount of money on players because the ones that we’ve got need rewarding first, so we’ll keep everybody together and I’m sure we’ll find somebody else to come in and cover for George (Pilkington) and Alex (Grant) and keep pressure on them.
“It’s not easy, you get a bit frustrated but that’s where we are. And we’re using that adversity to galvanise everyone together – hopefully it won’t cost us.”
Askey did secure two signatures last week, however. Nineteen-yearold goalkeeper Conor O’Keefe – whose two Silkmen appearances have come in the Cheshire Cup – has signed a deal to stay at the Moss Rose.
A third Stoke loanee of the campaign, striker Tomi Adeloye, has also joined Macc’s fight for promotion.
Adeloye, 18, was previously at Charlton and Millwall and Askey said: “I saw him play at the start of the season and he did very well.
“He can play out wide or as a centre-forward. He’s got bags of ability but he’s still only young so he’s perhaps still a bit naive.”
A date for the Silkmen’s league match against Telford has yet to be confirmed but it has been announced that the home derby with Altrincham will take place on Tuesday, February 10, 7.45pm kick-off.
The Cheshire Senior Cup match at Hyde has been re-arranged for this Tuesday (January 27). Kick-off at Ewen Fields is 7.45pm.