BURY manager David Flitcroft has hinted he will give youth a chance at Morecambe tomorrow after taking the unusual step of releasing a number of players before the final game of the season.
The club revealed their retained list early, on Wednesday night, with Bury Times player of the season Brian Jensen and former Premier League midfielder Tommy Miller the biggest casualties on a list of seven players not to be offered a new contract.
Jensen’s fellow stopper Trevor Carson - currently on loan at Portsmouth - has also been released along with defenders Richard Hinds and Robbie McIntyre, and forwards Lewis Young and Temitope Obadeyi.
Bury also announced that former Rochdale striker Ashley Grimes and ex-Shakers captain Andy Procter, who both signed on two-year deals last summer, had been placed on the transfer list.
And it was revealed Phil Picken, the final remaining member of the 2011 League Two promotion squad, had been forced to retire through injury.
It is not yet clear if Flitcroft will give any of his released or transfer-listed players the chance for one last run-out at the Globe Arena tomorrow, with both Bury and Morecambe little left to play for other than pride.
But it is expected youth team defender Marcus Posha will fill in for left-back Chris Hussey, who has been recalled by parent club Burton Albion, and teeanged midfielder Scott Burgess is understood to be in line for a first-team debut after impressing in training.
“There might be one or two younger players in the squad for Morecambe, but I won’t put anyone in there that doesn’t deserve a chance,” added Flitcroft, who named both Burgess and Poshca on the substitutes bench for last weekend’s draw at home to Portsmouth.
“But both Burg and Marcus deserved their place on the bench because they have had a great last couple of weeks.
“Burg has taken our breath away in training and could certainly feature.
“Marcus I need to push and drive him. He’s sometimes in the comfort zone.”
There was some good news for Bury players this week as midfielder Chris Sedgwick and striker Clive Platt were offered new contracts, as was rookie goalkeeper Reice Charles-Cook. The club has also extended midfielder Andrew Tutte’s contract until the end of next season .