Time for Thierry?

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - MIKE GLENDIN­NING

JOHN Askey is hop­ing to beat a league club to the sign­ing of Thierry Audel.

The much-vaunted French de­fender left Crewe Alexan­dra by mu­tual con­sent this week, leav­ing the door open for Askey to make an am­bi­tious swoop.

But, a week after be­ing out­bid by di­vi­sional ri­vals Wrex­ham for the ser­vices of Luke Wa­ter­fall, Askey is this time hop­ing to fend off the at­ten­tions of a Foot­ball League club to bring Audel back to Macc.

Audel played 20 times for Macc in the sec­ond half of the 2012/13 sea­son be­fore sign­ing for the League One Rail­way­men 18 months ago.

How­ever, he fea­tured a to­tal of just five times for Crewe and had two loan stints at Lin­coln.

“We’re still wait­ing to see if he’ll sign,” Askey told the Ex­press. “There is a Foot­ball League club show­ing a lot of in­ter­est so we’ll see what he de­cides, but it would be an ideal move for him and for us.

“It’s bet­ter for us to be try­ing to sign him rather than tak­ing him on loan. Any­one de­cent who’s signed on loan ex­pects to go some­where and play but it’s a dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tion now he’s left Crewe.

“I’ve been speak­ing to Thierry, he’s shown a lot of in­ter­est but we’ll see what hap­pens next.

“I haven’t spo­ken to him in any de­tail about money – that could be a real stum­bling block!”

Askey also re­vealed he has been as­sured by his goal­keeper Rhys Tay­lor that he’s stay­ing for the rest of the sea­son.

“We’ve made a gen­tle­men’s agree­ment that he won’t go any­where. We’ve al­ways had a good re­la­tion­ship, I trust him and so that’s good enough for me,” added Askey.

Tony Carter

●● Thierry Audel played for Macc in the 2012/13 sea­son

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