MORECAMBE this week said goodbye to one of their most popular players of recent years.

But they could also be set to smash their transfer record with a bid for one of the conference's most prolific goalscorers.

Japanese ace Kenny Takano will return home to complete his studies. He made just 63 appearances with 23 as sub and three goals, most memorably the first strike by a Japanese player in the FA Cup against Emley some years ago.

Also leaving on free transfers are Andy Banks, Dave Swannick, Leon Smith, Andy Heald and Colin Hunter.

But the Shrimps are also looking to strengthen their squad. As reported last week, Southport skipper Andy Gouck has signed in, despite rumours that he and fellow Haigh Avenue ace Ian Arnold were joining former boss Mark Wright at Oxford United.

Both players are in the Christie Park squad for next term, with Arnold's prolific goalscoring and Gouck's tigerish midfield play set to be a major boost for the Shrimps.

Hednesford Town left back Nick Colkin has also signed on a free transfer. The 26 year old played more than 100 league games for Northampton Town and also played for Leyton Orient before joining the recently relegated Midlands side.

Morecambe's next signing may well be long term target Steve Jones. The prolific Leigh RMI striker or winger was believed to be Morecambe's first choice as replacement for Justin Jackson, and the club has confirmed a £45,000 offer after a £30,000 bid was kicked out.

Morecambe Vice Chairman Graham Hodgson said: "We are hopeful that Leigh will sell the player but it remains in their court at the moment.

"Clearly we have offered a huge amount for Jones but it shows our commitment to building the squad that we feel will work best for us next season."

NAMES are still being taken for Morecambe Football Club's half-term soccer school.

The three day soccer school will take place from Tuesday May 29 to Thursday May 31 at Christie Park from 10am to 3pm each day. Once again the school costs just £22 for the three days with medals for the competition winners and certificates.

The school is open for boys and girls aged five to 14. To book a place contact the club on (01524) 411797.

MORECAMBE FC Supporters' Club web site is looking to build up its section on the club's history. If anyone has any old photos of players, managers or of the ground the site could use the they would be most grateful. Spokesman Ian Lyons said: "I would love to hear from anyone who may be able to help.

"We are looking for photos from the birth of the club to present day. Please either e-mail your photos to or post to: Ian Lyon 16 Hyde Road, Torrisholme, Morecambe, LA4 6NU."