‘We’ll have to see’ – Southport could be forced into transfer activity after injury blow

Southport FC players ahead of their pre-season fixture.

Southport manager Liam Watson has admitted that their transfer activity may not be over as they sweat over Nyal Bell’s injury.

The summer signing was stretchered off during their 1-0 win over Bootle, last weekend. Prior to his injury, Southport confirmed that George Newell could leave the club following a injury troubled two years.

Port are looking to right the wrong’s of their previous campaign as they squandered a playoff place after suffering a torrid winless run.

Bell and Jarrell Quansah were the additions alongside Michael Carberry – who arrived at the end of the season. But with the 25-year-old’s injury feared to see him on the sideline for an extended period, Watson admitted they may have to delve into the market to bolster numbers.

“(Preparation has been) Alright. We’ve had a couple of injuries which don’t help but apart from that we’ve been okay,” he told Off The Park.

“Possibly more additions but we’ve got to check Nyal Bell’s okay. I’m going to have to see, Declan Evans is injured so he’s going to be out for eight weeks, he’s at least been out for three so he’s still got another five weeks so that takes me down to 16 players.

“We’ll have to see where we are money-wise, there’s not a lot knocking around anyway that you go for, so it might be a case of seeing what’s in the loan market, so it’s not ideal. 

“George (Newell) is a great kid, I had a great relationship with him, he’s a really good lad and needs to play. With him having virtually all of last season out, he has to play,” Watson confirmed to Off The Park.

“At that time I had Nyal Bell, Niall, Connor, Tyler Walton and George. He needs to play week in, week out after coming back from so long so that was that. I made the decision which was probably fair because I didn’t want to keep him and I’m not going to take him so I thought I’d let him go now so he can get himself sorted. 

“We know that it’s going to be a tough league, we know if we get in a run we can give anyone a game. So same old, same old hopefully we can continue to develop players and if we get to a stage where we can win something again that’d be great.”

Southport begin their National League North campaign underway with a trip to Boston United.

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