SEAGULLS boss Alan Morgan has increased his short term midfield options by signing experienced Tom McCready on a month’s loan from AFC Fylde ahead of Saturday’s tough trip to Tadcaster Albion.
The 26-year-old (pictured above playing for Exeter City), who is an Everton youth graduate, was signed by Dave Challinor at Fylde in the summer after two seasons with League Two Exeter City, for whom he scored in a League Cup tie against Sunderland but had his opportunities hampered by injury.
He has made 11 appearances for the National League side this season, although the last was in December.
McCready has also been with Altrincham, Chester and Morecambe as well as having a spell in America on a scholarship with Limestone College.
The manager is hoping international clearance will come through in time for Tom to be involved at Tadcaster, who are three points and one place below the Seagulls in the Evo-stik North table – albeit having played a game more.
The manager expects everyone to be fit, although there will need to be a late check on Danny Bartle before he names the team.
With at least two of the teams above us certain to drop points (Droylsden play Bamber Bridge and Prescot are at home to Glossop North End) its a chance to make up some further ground, but the manager is expecting a tough game.
A young Tadcaster side, missing seven first team regulars, lost 3-2 at Cleethorpes in the Integro League Cup on Wednesday after being 2-0 up, but with six players also missing through injury last weekend, they had an excellent 3-1 away win at Skelmersdale to show they do have some depth to their squad.
They also now have experienced midfielder Peter Davidson back in the side after a hamstring injury, although another ex-Farsley midfielder, Sam Akeroyd, has left the club this week to find regular first team football elsewhere.
Albion, however, have been inconsistent at home, dropping 13 points in their last seven league games at the i2i Stadium and winning only two of them.
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