Coventry's loss is Bury's gain
COVENTRY’S loss has been Bury’s gain over the summer after the Gigg Lane outfit managed to prise away centre-backs Nathan Cameron and William Edjenguele from the cash-strapped Midlands club.
Cameron arrived in pre-season and the 21-year-old admits to putting a good word in for his mate when Shakers boss Kevin Blackwell asked for his opinion before swooping for the Frenchman.
The Bury manager got an enthusiastic response and the pairing have quickly gelled since Edjenguele was drafted in to make his debut in the 2-2 draw at Burton Albion.
But, as Cameron explains, the signing of the man known to fans as “Billy Edge” was not without its risks.
“Not a lot of people know he hasn’t played any pre-season games,” said the young defender.
“(Before joining us) he hadn’t played a game since April, I think.
“But he has worked hard on his fitness and he has been brilliant so far.”
The 26-year-old became a fans’ favourite during his one and only season with the Sky Blues, making 40 appearances and scoring one goal.
But, as one of the top earners, the big Frenchman was forced to train away from the Coventry first-team squad as manager Steven Pressley was ordered to slash his wage bill by the administrators.
Yet Blackwell did not hesitate in throwing him straight in after securing his signing.
“I think he only had one or two training sessions (with Bury before playing his first match), which weren’t intense sessions at all ,” said Cameron.
“But that just shows the professional he is that he works hard off the pitch.
“I played about five to 10 games with him last year.
“We are good friends off the pitch anyway, so we know each other quite well.
“The manager asked me about him before he signed him and I had nothing but a glowing response because he is a fantastic player.”
While good mates on and off the pitch, Cameron and Edjenguele have begun a healthy rivalry when it comes to the opposition’s penalty area.
Edjenguele scored two in his first two matches for Bury before Cameron responded with his first ever league goal against Cheltenham.
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