Bury chairman Stewart Day reveals plan of attack

The Bolton News: Bury's Hallam Hope, left, celebrates scoring his opener in Saturday's 4-4 draw with Portsmouth along with strike partner Clive Platt and midfielder Danny Mayor Bury's Hallam Hope, left, celebrates scoring his opener in Saturday's 4-4 draw with Portsmouth along with strike partner Clive Platt and midfielder Danny Mayor

BURY have drawn up a list of potential attacking signings chairman Stewart Day believes would propel them towards automatic promotion next season.

The Shakers have hit a rich vein of goal-scoring form in their last two home games, following up a comprehensive 4-0 win over Plymouth Argyle with Saturday’s thrilling 4-4 draw against Portsmouth.

Everton striker Hallam Hope was the star of that match, becoming the first Bury player since 1999 to score a league hat-trick.

But the 20-year-old loan signing is due to go back to Goodison after Saturday’s final match of the season at Morecambe, leaving the Shakers with just Daniel Nardiello of the recent first-choice strikers still under contract.

Day, however, is confident the club’s strikeforce next season will be the envy of their League Two rivals.

“The players we are talking about bringing into the club are exciting players and players that are going to get us out of this division,” he said.

Nardiello is the club’s leading scorer this season with 11 goals in his 27 games, but Bury have relied heavily on loan signings to supplement their tally.

Blackburn Rovers target man Anton Forrester netted seven times for the Shakers before a knee injury ended his season early, while Hope has scored five goals and Danny Rose managed three before being recalled by Barnsley.

Clive Platt, with two goals, is the only other striker currently on the Bury books to have scored for the first team, but the 36-year-old’s deal runs out in the summer.

“There are areas to work on – (manager) David (Flitcroft) and his coaching staff know that – but the hard work starts now to get ready for next season and the top three is the target,” added Day.

“We have got things that we are looking at in terms of bringing in more quality up front because obviously Hallam Hope and Danny Rose have both been loan players.

Flitcroft has warned, however, that the club may have to be patient to snare their main targets at the best price.

“When everyone has played their 46 games, things will open up and hopefully we can get one or two in, but we’ve not set any deadlines,” he said.

“We are getting a lot of vibes that people want to come to us, but we’ve done a lot of business this season and already have 12, 13 or 15 players who can really take us forward, so it’s not a case of rushing.

“I do think the football world is going to turn upside down in the summer, with financial fair play coming in. “So there is going to be some real good quality available.”

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10:37am Thu 1 May 14

Eileenshakers says...

An excellent news article with good positives vibes coming from our chairman.
A word of caution don't release experienced players without considering better options.
I noticed the retainer list and those who have been released,would have to say i don't agree with the releasing of players being made public knowledge before a season has ended but that is just my view.
The release of our goalkeeper is the most surprising decision,his performances have played a massive part in us retaining our league 2 status.
I would have used Brian Jensen's vast experience as a potential coach.
I am presuming our manager has made this decision on a personal level and not for footballing reasons.
An excellent news article with good positives vibes coming from our chairman. A word of caution don't release experienced players without considering better options. I noticed the retainer list and those who have been released,would have to say i don't agree with the releasing of players being made public knowledge before a season has ended but that is just my view. The release of our goalkeeper is the most surprising decision,his performances have played a massive part in us retaining our league 2 status. I would have used Brian Jensen's vast experience as a potential coach. I am presuming our manager has made this decision on a personal level and not for footballing reasons. Eileenshakers
  • Score: 10

10:49am Thu 1 May 14

shakingallover says...

I agree with Eileen ... I was surprised the retained list was released before our final game of the season. We can only hope the players who are being let go remain professional ... because as supporters OUR season lasts 46 matches ... not 45.
We are all fully behind Mr Day, but I have said it before ... a certain Chris Casper played his cards much too early when it came to revealing transfer targets. And it all ended up as an embarrassment. Keep your cards close to your chest Mr. Day ... and when the time is right ... play your trump cards.
I agree with Eileen ... I was surprised the retained list was released before our final game of the season. We can only hope the players who are being let go remain professional ... because as supporters OUR season lasts 46 matches ... not 45. We are all fully behind Mr Day, but I have said it before ... a certain Chris Casper played his cards much too early when it came to revealing transfer targets. And it all ended up as an embarrassment. Keep your cards close to your chest Mr. Day ... and when the time is right ... play your trump cards. shakingallover
  • Score: 8

2:52pm Thu 1 May 14

easylife44 says...

Mr. Day deserves our respect and loyalty. There is no question about his loyalty and desire to build our club into a force to be reckoned with next season and beyond.

I expect a "sample" squad on Saturday with some youth and key players involved.

I have no issue with Grimes on transfer list with Sedge...
Mr. Day deserves our respect and loyalty. There is no question about his loyalty and desire to build our club into a force to be reckoned with next season and beyond. I expect a "sample" squad on Saturday with some youth and key players involved. I have no issue with Grimes on transfer list with Sedge... easylife44
  • Score: -6

2:55pm Thu 1 May 14

Eileenshakers says...

easylife44 wrote:
Mr. Day deserves our respect and loyalty. There is no question about his loyalty and desire to build our club into a force to be reckoned with next season and beyond.

I expect a "sample" squad on Saturday with some youth and key players involved.

I have no issue with Grimes on transfer list with Sedge...
I think it is Andy Procter who has been placed on the transfer list not Chris Sedgewick,he's been offered fresh terms to stay on.
[quote][p][bold]easylife44[/bold] wrote: Mr. Day deserves our respect and loyalty. There is no question about his loyalty and desire to build our club into a force to be reckoned with next season and beyond. I expect a "sample" squad on Saturday with some youth and key players involved. I have no issue with Grimes on transfer list with Sedge...[/p][/quote]I think it is Andy Procter who has been placed on the transfer list not Chris Sedgewick,he's been offered fresh terms to stay on. Eileenshakers
  • Score: 9

10:34am Sun 4 May 14

Ex Pat of Bury says...

Announcing the retained list early cuts both ways,the players have the opportunity to say their goodbyes and also get an early start looking for a new club.Reading DF's reasoning i can understand why he did it this way.
Announcing the retained list early cuts both ways,the players have the opportunity to say their goodbyes and also get an early start looking for a new club.Reading DF's reasoning i can understand why he did it this way. Ex Pat of Bury
  • Score: 4

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