JUST like Kevin Spacey’s character in the film Usual Suspects, Jake Carroll seems to be a man with a plan.
After putting his dream move to the English game on hold while the 22-year-old finished off a university degree back in his native Ireland, Carroll is now looking to make a name for himself. But unlike Spacey’s complex crime caper, the Huddersfield defender will be trying to keep the plot as simple as possible during his month-long loan stay at Bury.
“Loan moves like this will get my name out there, so I am just happy to be playing,” admitted the Terriers full-back.
“I’m just concentrating on doing as well as I can here and if I do well hopefully that will help me with the gaffer (Mark Robins) back at Huddersfield.”
Carroll had a fantastic start to his career at the West Yorkshire club, starting six matches following a summer move from League of Ireland side St Patrick’s Athletic.
But after losing his place in the first team, he has since been relegated to the Under-21s and is eager for some proper competitive action.
That is something the youngster has previously enjoyed back in Ireland, where the Republic of Ireland schoolboy international played more than 60 senior games and even figured in a Europa League cup tie.
Carroll is now looking forward to jumping back in at the deep end with Bury, who have seven matches scheduled during his 28-day stay. “When I heard it was seven games in a month I was delighted,” he said.
“Playing Saturday, Tuesday would be brilliant for me because that’s what I need, I need competitive games.”
But Carroll had to put in a spot of investigative work – a la Usual Suspects – before taking to the pitch. “I’ve been on the internet to try to pick up everybody’s names and stuff like that,” he said. “But the lads have been brilliant with me and all welcomed me in.”
After plotting a course from Ireland to Huddersfield – via university and now Bury – Carroll’s planning days look to be at an end, for now at least.
“I don’t really know what my short-term future holds,” he said. “I could be here for longer than a month, but it’s not in my hands. I think it is up to Robins, as well as the gaffer here, as to what their plans are for me.”