Silkmen just one spot off the top of league
HE’S been desperate to add to his squad, but Macc Town boss John Askey looks like he’s now steeling himself for a fight to keep hold of his players this winter.
Having missed out on Luke Waterfall, who joined Wrexham on an 18-month deal, Askey then set his sights on bringing Thierry Audel back to the Moss Rose.
But he’s now faced with the prospect of losing winger Adriano Moke, who’s been speaking to League Two side Cheltenham Town.
Macc may be sitting prettily in second in the Conference table but their fine form is clearly attracting the vultures from higher up the pyramid.
Moke, 25, has been in talks with the Robins, who currently sit in the bottom third of League Two and allowed winger Andy Haworth to join Barrow on loan this week. The manager’s expecting a decision from him within the next few days.
“Mokes has been down to speak to them,” confirmed Askey, who’s had a frustrating 2015 despite the three huge victories over Grimsby, Kidderminster and Lincoln that have seen them emerge as Barnet’s nearest challengers.
“He’s out of contract and he’s seeing what they say, which I understand – I’d probably do the same.
“Obviously they’re able to offer more than we can, so I’m hoping to sit down with him and his agent this week.
“I’m not surprised he’s been attracting other clubs, it’s probably the first season he’s played this many games.
“He’s always a threat and he pushes the opposition back with his pace, he’s been an important player for us this season.
“He’d be a real loss but this is what happens when your players are all on short-term or non-contracts.”
While he waits to see what happens on the Moke front, there’s been no further movement in Askey’s bid to bolster his backline.
Although the ongoing financial restrictions remain he hasn’t yet abandoned hope of completing a return for Audel, but the centre-back has returned to his native France, due to the passing of a family member.
“Thierry’s gone home to France to deal with it all, so I won’t be bothering him at the moment,” he added. “I’m sure we’ll speak again soon but it’s not a time to be chasing him.
“As everyone knows, I’ve spoken to him already, we haven’t discussed money but he’s said he is interested in coming back.
“But again, I’d understand if he went to a Football League club.
“People have to do what’s best for their career.
“If it doesn’t come off we might be looking at George (Pilkington) and Alex (Grant) playing out the rest of the season – there’s no reason why they can’t get through 15 games in a row.
“That’s the hand we’ve been dealt – it’s frustrating but we’ll have to play it the best we can.”
●● Adriano Moke’s form this season has seen him attract interest from Cheltenham Town