I couldn’t break the bank for Luke

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS -

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.

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