Shrimps in Jevons hunt
Morecambe boss Sammy McIlroy is hoping to bring Phil Jevons back to the club on a permanent basis.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 02/06/10 7:54pm
Morecambe boss Sammy McIlroy has confirmed that they are hoping to bring Phil Jevons back to the club on a permanent basis.
The experienced striker impressed during a season-long loan at Christie Park, helping the Shrimps qualify for the play-offs in the process, and has since been released by Huddersfield Town.
The 30-year-old was the Shrimps' top-scorer last season, notching 19 along the way, and McIlroy told skysports.com that talks are ongoing to bring him back to the club permanently.
"We want to tie Phil up, there is no doubt about that, and that is ongoing at the moment," he said.
"He did very well for us last season and we missed him for a crucial part of the campaign, when he picked up that calf injury, but we are definitely trying to pursue that."
A roller-coaster campaign saw Morecambe's early season struggles transformed into a fourth place finish, but McIlroy admits that their crushing a 6-0 defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge in the first leg of their play-off semi-final was a hard pill to swallow.
"It was a fantastic achievement for everyone at the club to get into the play-offs, but we let ourselves down in the first-leg and that still plays on my mind because that wasn't the real Morecambe that turned up on that day," he admitted.
"We had a few problems, such as a few of the lads feeling under the weather, which I didn't disclose on the day, but that is beside the point.
"We simply didn't perform as a group on the day and that does leave a bad taste in your mouth.
"We had played against Dagenham both home and away previously and took four points off them, so we knew how to play against them, but we simply didn't perform on the day and that was the disappointing thing."