BURY manager David Flitcroft has warned potential signings he will not be “chasing waterfalls” as he builds a squad capable of challenging for promotion next season.
The Shakers boss revealed he was already in talks with centre-back Pablo Mills over extending his contract, which runs out at the end of the current campaign.
But he issued a broadside to any other players mulling over ther possibility of a long-term move to the JD Stadium.
“If someone doesn’t want to sign for Bury Football Club I won’t be putting their arm up behind their back,” he said.
“They have got to want to sign for Bury Football Club and for Stewart Day (the chairman) and David Flitcroft.
“That’s what they have got to want to buy into - if they don’t I am not going to be chasing waterfalls.
“I will be chasing players that want to be part of this thing going forward and I can guarantee there are going to be a lot of players who want to be part of what we are doing.”
That advice could just as easily be targeted towards current members of the Bury squad as it could to players on Flitcroft’s wanted list.
Loan stars like Sheffield Wednesday’s Danny Mayor, Everton’s Hallam Hope and Barnsley’s Danny Rose are understood to be on the Shakers radar - either for season-long loan deals of permanent moves.
They all played a major part in last Saturday’s impressive 2-2 draw at League Two leaders Scunthorpe United, which left Bury eight points outside the play-off places with four games remaining.
It now seems unlikely that the JD outfit could stage a late promotion bid, but that could change with back-to-back victories at home to Plymouth tomorrow and at York on Monday - who are both in the frame for top-seven finishes.
And Flitcroft will not be letting his players ease off.
“The point at Scunthorpe kept the season alive, kept the momentum going,” he said.
“I have asked the players to go unbeaten to the end of the season and we will keep trying to do that.
“It’s a big weekend. A lot will be decided on Friday and Monday.
“I’m not interested what we can do for other teams potentially, it’s about what we can do for ourselves.
“They are winnable games. I have told the lads not to waste all the hard miles we have put in.”
Season ticket holders of other league or non-league clubs will be able to watch Bury’s match at home to Plymouth Argyle tomorrow for just £10, with tickets available on the day.