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INTERVIEW: It was a no-brainer on our part

Chris Beech on the keeper situation as Dewhurst seps up to the bench

5 March 2020

Saturday’s away trip to Cambridge saw Sheffield United loanee Marcus Dewhurst take his place on the bench for the first time since he joined the club towards the end of the January transfer window.

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Regular number two Louis Gray headed off to Chester last Friday, to start a 28-day loan spell with the northern league promotion hopefuls, and head coach Chris Beech spoke to us about the move following our weekend away day victory.

“Getting Marcus from Sheffield United was great business again,” he said. “Without giving too much away, cost wise, it was a no-brainer from our part.

“He’s an England international who wants to make strides in professional football. Louis is getting to his mid-20s and hasn’t played regular football yet, but he trains ever so hard and he’s a very good professional.

“It was unfortunate that the Chester game was postponed because I need to see him play in pressured games where he’s trying to win that league and get promoted for them.

“Simon Grand is down there and I rang him up straight away, and I said ‘keep your eye on him Grandy, make sure he’s doing the right things’ because I want to know how he’s getting on when I can’t make the games.”

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On what the step up to the bench means for Marcus Dewhurst, he told us: “Adam Collin is the club captain and he’ll remain that.

“Marcus has every right to tell us that he wants to play, and that’s the same for Louis. That’s why we’ve got a 24-hour recall on him. It’s vital I got that.

“It allows Marcus to get changed, Louis to play first team football, and for us to be stronger if there’s a change needed to be made in the future. Louis is match ready and Marcus is probably going get called up for England, but I don’t know for certain about that.”

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