Redshaw de­light to be a Shrimp

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Ger­ard Meagher

FROM Manch­ester City’s bil­lions to lay­ing bricks, Jack Redshaw’s ca­reer seemed in ter­mi­nal de­cline, but af­ter res­ur­rect­ing him­self at More­cambe he’s de­ter­mined to do the fam­ily name proud.

Redshaw, 22, joined Manch­ester City’s academy at the age of nine – even though he’s a red at heart – and af­ter show­ing enough po­ten­tial as a young striker earned a pro­fes­sional con­tract, just as Sheikh Man­sour’s money ar­rived.

The star sign­ings came in, the young­sters went out and Redshaw found him­self part of the lost gen­er­a­tion of City kids that in­cludes Burnley duo Kieran Trip­pier and Ben Mee.

Af­ter a failed move to Rochdale, Redshaw slipped out of the Foot­ball League. He scratched around with Sal­ford and then Al­trin­cham while work­ing as a brick­layer with his un­cle and knew his ca­reer was pass­ing him by.

That was un­til Shrimps boss Jim Bent­ley took a punt and handed Redshaw the chance to fol­low in the foot­steps of fa­ther Ray, a striker for Wi­gan in the 80s, and el­der brother Mark, a Manch­ester United trainee who spent last sea­son at FC Oss in the Nether­lands.

Af­ter a slow start to his Shrimps ca­reer at the back end of last sea­son, Redshaw has re­dis­cov­ered his form and the last-gasp lev­eller against Wy­combe ear­lier this month was his eighth of the sea­son.

Redshaw says: “I thought my chance in the Foot­ball League had gone. I had left City when it was clear I didn’t have a fu­ture there and things didn’t work out af­ter that. I went to Rochdale but it wasn’t to be for what­ever rea­son and then I was just play­ing Non­League, and get­ting by help­ing out my un­cle.

“Then, out of the blue, Jim Bent­ley gave me a chance and at the moment I’m just try­ing to re­pay him for the faith he’s shown in me and the op­por­tu­nity he handed me.

“Foot­ball was all I’d ever known and go­ing from a place like City just as the money was coming in and the stars were sign­ing, down to Non-League was dif­fi­cult.

“It took a while to get my head to­gether but now I’ve got an­other chance in the Foot­ball League I don’t want to let it go.”

While his brother Mark has had a globe-trot­ting ca­reer – en­joy­ing spells in Italy, Aus­tralia, Cyprus, the USA with LA Galaxy, and Ice- land as well as the Nether­lands – Redshaw has stuck to the north west.

But with Mark back in Bri­tain from FC Oss and look­ing for a club hav­ing re­cently trained with Bury, Jack is hop­ing the pair can both em­u­late their fa­ther in the coming months.


“I just want to keep tak­ing my chance and keep scor­ing goals when I get the op­por­tu­nity on the pitch,” he added.

“At More­cambe we’ve got some good re­sults so far and while it might not look like it in the ta­ble, we’re not that far away from push­ing for the play-offs. It’s a funny league.

“Mark is back in the UK and he’s look­ing for a club. We were both in­flu­enced by our dad a huge amount in our ca­reers and with a bit of luck we will both be play­ing in the Foot­ball League soon.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

ON TAR­GET: Jack Redshaw scores for More­cambe against Rochdale

TAKEN A PUNT: Boss Jim Bent­ley

BROTHER: Mark Redshaw

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