Thierry’s re­turn is back on

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - MIKE GLENDIN­NING

THE deal to bring Thierry Audel back to Macc Town may be res­ur­rected.

The de­fender had been train­ing with League Two strug­glers Carlisle United but this morn­ing (Wed­nes­day) he was due to join John Askey’s squad with a view to once again be­com­ing a Silk­man.

Audel, who left Macc in 2013 for League One Crewe, has been on Askey’s radar for some time, and the Macc manager is de­lighted to have – al­most – got his man at last.

“Thierry’s train­ing with us now, and I’m hop­ing we can sign him up but as al­ways it de­pends on the pen­nies,” said Askey. “He’s been train­ing with Carlisle but I think they need to get peo­ple out be­fore they can bring any­one in.

“He’s as well com­ing to us, a win­ning team, and hope­fully help­ing us to get pro­moted. We sold him to Crewe for a fee a cou­ple of years ago, back when we did th­ese things, but they saw some­thing in him.

“He’s big, strong and quick, he’s got all the at­tributes, we just need to get him play­ing regular foot­ball again.”

Sign­ing Audel, par­tic­u­larly af­ter a deal had looked out of the ques­tion ear­lier this month, would be a huge coup for Askey, as he’d been fac­ing the prospect of see­ing out the sea­son with just two cen­tre-backs.

But Audel’s ver­sa­til­ity means he’s not only morethan ad­e­quate com­pe­ti­tion for Alex Grant and Ge­orge Pilk­ing­ton, he could also fill in on the left, should left-back Scott Barrow suf­fer in­jury or sus­pen­sion. And that’ll lead to some sweet dreams for Askey, who now says a play-off place is the min­i­mum he ex­pects from his men this term.

“I’ve been hav­ing sleep­less nights wor­ry­ing about whether we’ve got enough de­fend­ers,” he added. “I could still do with one more, but not just for the sake of it.

“Any new player would have to im­prove the squad, and that’s what Thierry would do.”

Tony Carter

●● Audel was due to start train­ing with Macclesfield to­day

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