Frus­trated Askey

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - MOLLY HUD­SON

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town man­ager John Askey has re­vealed he is frus­trated about his club’s trans­fer ac­tiv­ity so far this sum­mer.

The Silk­men have made a num­ber of sign­ings in re­cent weeks, but have also lost sev­eral of their key play­ers to other clubs.

With that in mind, Askey in­sists that more re­cruit­ment needs to be done in or­der to put to­gether a squad that can com­pete in the Na­tional League.

“We are quite a bit of a way off yet to get­ting a squad that we want to get to­gether, it’s ob­vi­ously a lit­tle bit frus­trat­ing,” he told the club’s of­fi­cial web­site.

“I think we’ve got eight play­ers signed at the mo­ment but what I’m not pre­pared to do is sign peo­ple who are not good enough for this league just be­cause they’re on low wages.

“I don’t think it is fair on my­self to be ex­pected to do that, so un­til we are in a po­si­tion where we can sign the play­ers that we want then I won’t be sign­ing peo­ple.

“Ide­ally we need another goal­keeper another cen­tre half, a cen­tre half come right back as left back we are more than ad­e­quately cov­ered for. Plus two or three mid­field play­ers and then prob­a­bly three or four for­wards.”

While Askey is adamant with his cur­rent stance, he is happy with the play­ers that have com­mit­ted their fu­ture to the club so far this sum­mer.

“They’re all play­ers who are com­fort­able at this level and hope­fully we can add to what we’ve got and give them the sup­port that they need,” he said.

“Jared Hodgkiss has good ex­pe­ri­ence, he’s been a good player at this level and he’s got ex­pe­ri­ence play­ing in the league.

“We all know about Sh­wan Jalal, he’s been a very good goal­keeper, and did well for us when he was here last time.

“George Pilk­ing­ton has been our most con­sis­tent player over the years, and David Fitzpatrick had an ex­cel­lent sea­son last sea­son.

“We have Court­ney Richards and we needed a mid­field player

“He’s a good age, 23, and he’s had a lot of football so he’s ex­pe­ri­enced at this level and done well.

“Scott Wil­son’s a cen­tre for­ward who’s scored goals at a lower level af­ter he went to Eastleigh and I’m hop­ing that with a year un­der his belt at Con­fer­ence level he’ll be some­one who’ll get the goals for us.

“With Ryan Lloyd, I’ve seen a lot of from when he’s been a young lad who has got a lot of abil­ity.”

Mike Carter

King’s Cheer­lead­ing team picked up three na­tional team golds at the Manch­ester Velo­drome

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