No panic buy­ing

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town man­ager John Askey is plan­ning on bid­ing his time in the trans­fer win­dow as he looks to make ad­di­tions to his squad.

The Silk­men have man­aged to re­tain a lot of their ex­ist­ing team ahead of the next cam­paign, but still hope to sign new play­ers in the com­ing weeks.

While a lot of the other teams in the di­vi­sion have al­ready been raid­ing the mar­ket, Askey in­sists he won’t be do­ing the same.

“We won’t be jump­ing in to sign play­ers too quickly be­cause we be­lieve we can get bet­ter qual­ity play­ers by wait­ing a lit­tle while. In the past we have done quite well with that,” he said.

“I’m sure there are play­ers out there who are hop­ing that they will get con­tracts with other clubs and they miss out, so they then be­come avail­able. It’s just about wait­ing to see who be­comes avail­able and hope­fully they will be suc­cess­ful for us.”

Askey, right, was very vo­cal at the end of the last sea­son about his con­cerns for the club’s trans­fer bud­get, be­liev­ing that the team may strug­gle if fi­nances aren’t im­proved.

The Silk­men boss now feels that his wor­ries have been an­swered, and was full of praise for those who have backed the team dur­ing a re­cent spe­cial event for spon­sors at the football club.

“Things are look­ing good at the minute. At times things come across as gloom and doom, but I say these things some­times just to get a re­ac­tion so that peo­ple are aware of the sit­u­a­tion we are in,” he said.

“I think we are as strong as we have been for a num­ber of years and it is far from doom and gloom.

“The spon­sors evening was about let­ting peo­ple know that we are grate­ful for their sup­port. It wasn’t a case of us get­ting the beg­ging bowl out, it was just about show­ing that we ap­pre­ci­ate the work of these lo­cal peo­ple.

“With­out these peo­ple, we wouldn’t have a football club and the football club plays a mas­sive part in the town.

“It was a fan­tas­tic evening and well done to Dan Ack­er­ley who is do­ing a great job with the com­mer­cial side for or­gan­is­ing it.”

Askey’s at­ten­tion will soon turn to pre-sea­son, as the team pre­pares for another year in the Na­tional League where they will hope to im­prove on their 10th place fin­ish dur­ing the last cam­paign.

●● Young­sters tak­ing part in the Big Coach and Fundrais­ing day at Mac­cles­field Cricket Club. See page 71

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