Silk­men in need of strength­en­ing

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHEL­DAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD man­ager John Askey in­sists the club needs to sign at least six more play­ers if they want to chal­lenge for pro­mo­tion again this sea­son.

The Silk­men nar­rowly missed out on the Con­fer­ence play-offs dur­ing the last cam­paign, fin­ish­ing one place and one point out­side the top five.

Askey had hoped to go one bet­ter with his team this time around, but he ad­mits the squad isn’t cur­rently near what it should be.

“We’ve not re­ally as­sem- bled a squad as of yet and the prob­lem is that we haven’t got any money so where these play­ers will come from I don’t know,” he said.

“We need to add more play­ers and when we get to­wards the end of pre- sea­son then we will know what kind of squad we have got.

“Ob­vi­ously we need another goal­keeper and a few cen­tre-halves too. I would like to sign a cen­tre for­ward and another midfielder as well, so we prob­a­bly need another six play­ers.”

Mac­cles­field have been back in pre-sea­son train­ing over the past cou­ple of weeks, and Askey is glad to have his team back in af­ter the sum­mer break.

“It’s another sea­son com­ing up and another chal­lenge, so it’s al­ways some­thing that you look for­ward to,” he said.

“Dur­ing the start of pre­sea­son it’s just a mat­ter of get­ting ev­ery­body in again so hope­fully the train­ing that we do in the next few weeks will stand us in good stead.”

Askey is well known for hav­ing a big in­flu­ence on his team, and one player who shares that view is Danny Rowe.

The at­tack­ing-midfielder signed a new deal at the Moss Rose ahead of the forth­com­ing cam­paign, and he says the man­ager’s faith in him helped him make his mind up.

‘’I was con­fi­dent that John was go­ing to sign, that was the main rea­son

‘The prob­lem is we haven’t got any money, so where these play­ers will come from I don’t know’

for me sign­ing,” said Rowe. “My sit­u­a­tion is dif­fer­ent to other play­ers, but he knows what I need to do to progress as a player and help the club, I have my com­plete trust in him.

‘’It felt dif­fer­ent join­ing last sea­son, John helped to put a lot of con­fi­dence back in me and that showed in my football, I play best when I’m con­fi­dent as well and this shows on the pitch.

“This time around it will be dif­fer­ent, I won’t be play­ing catch up on fit­ness and I will get into my stride straight away hope­fully and then go from there.

“I did re­ceive other of­fers but I have to be here at Mac­cles­field as this is where I will progress most.

‘The dress­ing room last sea­son was great and we were un­for­tu­nate not to make the play­offs, but this sea­son we can only progress.’’

●● John Askey

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