Askey’s up­beat on new ar­rivals

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town man­ager John Askey is con­fi­dent that there will be a num­ber of new sign­ings join­ing the club in the com­ing days.

The Silk­men are cur­rently pre­par­ing for the next Na­tional League sea­son, with a num­ber of their cur­rent play­ers sign­ing new deals to re­main with the club for the next 12 months.

Winger Jack Mack­reth also re­turned to Mac­cles­field ear­lier this week af­ter sign­ing on a one-year deal fol­low­ing his de­par­ture from league ri­vals Tran­mere Rovers.

Askey now ex­pects more play­ers to ar­rive soon and has been happy with the progress the club have made com­pared to pre­vi­ous years.

“This year has been a pro­gres­sion for the football club,” he said. “Nor­mally at this stage of the sum­mer we haven’t got any play­ers signed up, so things have def­i­nitely im­proved and hope­fully they can con­tinue to im­prove,” he told the club’s of­fi­cial web­site.

“We’re now hop­ing to have two or three more signed in the next few days and then it is a case of as­sess­ing what play­ers be­come avail­able.

“In the past we have done quite well with that, but in­stead of look­ing for 20 new play­ers we will only be look­ing for five or six.

“Things at the football club are look­ing very good and hope­fully we can gel a team to­gether early on be­cause we’re in the bet­ter po­si­tion at this stage of the sum­mer than we have been for a long time. That is all credit to every­body who has worked re­ally hard be­hind the scenes.

“There seems to be a lot in­ter­est around the town in the football club at the minute and peo­ple are start­ing to come back and sup­port us. That is re­ally help­ing us, and hope­fully it can con­tinue.”

One area that Askey will be look­ing to strengthen be­fore the start of the new cam­paign is his forward op­tions.

This sea­son’s lead­ing goalscorer Kris­tian Den­nis left af­ter the end of his loan deal and has now joined League One side Ch­ester­field, while Reece Sty­che has also de­parted.

It means that the Silk­men cur­rently only have Jack Samp­son and Chris Hol­royd as recog­nised for­wards in the squad.

With that in mind, Askey hopes that he can bring in an­other striker be­fore the new cam­paign gets un­der­way.

“The forward area is the one po­si­tion that is ob­vi­ously is the most dif­fi­cult to fill. In pre­vi­ous years we have done quite well at find­ing a striker who has done well, but th­ese are the play­ers who cost the most money so it isn’t al­ways easy,” he said. “But there are one or two play­ers out there who I would like to get, and if they can come off then hope­fully they will be suc­cess­ful.”

‘Things have def­i­nitely im­proved and hope­fully that can con­tinue’

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● Macc have signed Jack Mack­reth af­ter he left Tran­mere Rovers

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