Jordan Cranston has signed a new two-year deal with Morecambe.
The twenty-five-year-old, who can also operate in midfield, made forty appearances in Jim Bentley’s side last season, chipping in with four goals following his arrival on a free transfer from Cheltenham in the summer.
The former Wolves trainee enjoyed loan spells with Lincoln City, Gateshead and Nuneaton before an injury hampered his progress at Cheltenham. He now seems to have found his home on the Lancashire coast having been an influential player in the Shrimps great end of season run which saw them move comfortably out of League Two relegation danger.
Cranston his one of the more experienced members of Bentley’s squad and while admitting it was strange being an older head in the dressing room he was enjoying his time at the Globe Arena. He told the club’s official website: ‘I really enjoyed last season and scored a few goals along the way.’
He also thanked the faith shown in him from the manager who signed him despite initial injury concerns and was then keen to get him to commit for a further two years. ‘I was released by Cheltenham last summer after having a long injury, but the gaffer gave me a chance to stay in the Football League and the fact he has enough faith in me now to offer me a two-year deal is something I’m really grateful for.’
Bentley will be delighted to get Cranston to pledge his future to the club for another two years.
He gives him versatility and experience, not to mention he is an excellent League Two player.
Morecambe will no doubt struggle again next season but there is a spirit and togetherness at the club which means they will stay up once again despite having one of the smallest budgets in League Two.
The job Bentley does at Morecambe is vastly underrated but he must be one of the best managers in the lower leagues for the work he does at Morecambe.