Former Bradford City defender Oscar Threlkeld is on trial at Morecambe as he looks to link up with his old boss Derek Adams for a fifth time, reports The Telegraph and Argus.
Threlkeld was released at the end of his Bantams contract after struggling for game time under Mark Hughes. Still without a club, the defender is now on trial with his former boss Adams at Morecambe and featured in the second half of Saturday’s friendly with Warrington Town.
The former Salford defender has worked with Adams three times at Plymouth Argyle and was signed by the Scot for Bradford at the start of the 2021-22 season. Following the appointment of Mark Hughes, Threlkeld was unable to find game time at Valley Parade and joined National League side Oldham Athletic on loan last season.
Threlkeld, who started his career at Bolton Wanderers, has made a large chunk of his senior appearances for Plymouth under Adams, including 36 League Two appearances in 2016-17 as the club gained promotion to League One.
Initially signing on loan for Adams and Plymouth from Bolton in 2015, the Bolton-born defender would play 28 times in all competitions before returning to his parent club.
He would then join the Home Park outfit on a permanent deal in time for the 2016-17 season. Promotion was achieved at the end of the season and Threlkeld would make a further 26 appearances in all competitions during the next campaign before a move to Belgian side SK Beveren.
His Belgian adventure was short-lived, heading back to Plymouth on loan in January 2019 before joining League Two side Salford where he would win the Football League Trophy. After leaving Salford, he again linked up with Adams at Bradford City.
Having already signed the player four times, clearly Derek Adams is a fan of Threlkeld so it will hardly be a surprise to see a deal struck between the two.
Adams is looking to rebuild The Shrimps following relegation from League One and losing key players such as Connor Ripley and Cole Stockton. While predominantly playing as a right back, the signing of Threlkeld will provide cover across the back four and the defensive midfield area.
For the player, reuniting with a manager who trusts you could provide him with the time on the pitch he will be craving following a disappointing spell at Bradford and the injury that cut his Oldham loan short.