Smart Alex has earned a better deal with Shrimps

Morecambe v Portsmouth'Alex Kenyon strikes from outside the area.
Morecambe v Portsmouth'Alex Kenyon strikes from outside the area.

With a new two-year contract with Morecambe FC safely tucked away, midfielder Alex Kenyon has set himself a number of targets for the remainder of the season.

The former Chorley player signed for the Shrimps from now Skrill North outfit Stockport County.

He had high hopes for the 2013/14 season – but never did he expect it to go quite as well as it has so far.

He said: “If somebody had said to me at the start of last season, I would have played more than 25 games and signed a new two-year contract, I would have laughed in their face.

“But I’ve really enjoyed my first season in the Football League and feel that I am learning all the time.

“I couldn’t have asked for this season to go any better, but I still have big ambitions for the rest of the season.

“And hopefully that can include getting my first goal for the club.”

Kenyon,21, had little hesitation about signing a new contract, needing only a quick chat with his parents before he signed on the dotted line.

He said: “When I found out I was going to be offered the contract, I was really pleased.

“Once it had been officially offered, I went home and had a chat with my mum and dad, and as we all agreed it was a great deal, I was more than happy to sign on for an extra two years.”

But despite Kenyon’s personal success both off and on the pitch, the Shrimps are somewhat struggling in the Sky Bet League Two, not winning a fixture in the past 10 games.

Morecambe currently sit seven points outside the relegation zone, but Kenyon has no doubt that the team just need that crucial victory to kickstart their season.

He added: “We just need that one win to get us going again.

“We started the season really well but unfortunately things aren’t going our way at the moment.

“If we can get that victory, I know we’ll be fine and for me that’s all we need.”

The young midfielder, who lives in Euxton, drew the plaudits from Shrimps boss Jim Bentley.

Bentley said: “This is a great signing for the club.

“Alex is still only young but he is getting better all the time and is a player who I think has a really good future.

“He works hard, is popular in the dressing room and I look forward to seeing him develop even further in the next couple of seasons.”

Kenyon did suffer one low point in his excellent Morecambe career when the midfielder was sent off against rivals Accrington Stanley.

Despite the league fixture being abandoned due to the weather, the red card still stood and Kenyon faced a three-match ban.

The red card is the second of Kenyon’s professional career, with the other coming last season when he was playing for Stockport.

And the three-match spell on the sidelines were tough for Kenyon who just wanted to keep on playing.

He added: “It was a frustrating time for me, and the strange thing is that the game was abandoned yet the red card stood.

“But if a goal had been scored, that would have been chalked off the records.

“It was hard because I travelled to the games I couldn’t play in, and when you are fit but can’t play, it is certainly very frustrating.

“But now I’m back and I just want to finish the rest of the season as best I can for

Morecambe.”