BURY’S latest signing – Duane Holmes – does not have to be a super sleuth to deduce what kind of catalyst a loan move to the JD Stadium could be for his fledgling career.
Danny Rose, who scored in his fourth straight game on Saturday since making a permanent switch from home town club Barnsley, found the net three times in six substitute appearances for the Shakers in a successful loan spell at the tail end of last season.
Holmes, aged 19, has a similar affinity with his current club Huddersfield as Rose did with the Tykes, joining the Terriers aged nine before playing up through the ranks.
But after breaking through to make 19 league and cup appearances for the West Yorkshire outfit last season, as well as five starts on loan at Yeovil, his first-team opportunities have dwindled this term.
And unlike Rose, who was initially determined to stay and fight for his Oakwell future, the youngster already seems open to extending his Bury move past his initial four-month loan.
“I want experience of playing week in, week out and just really to learn from a good manager, like the manager here,” said Holmes, who was born in America before his British family moved back to Yorkshire when he was four.
“He (David Flitcroft) has told me he believes in me and wants to improve me as a player so I look forward to working with him.
“If all goes well, it would be good to stay around a winning team and be part of what I think is going to be a big season.”
Holmes was convinced to take the step down to League Two by Terriers team-mates Jordan Sinnott and Jake Carroll, who both enjoyed loan spells at the JD Stadium last season.
“I spoke to Carroll yesterday (Friday) and he couldn’t have recommended the club more highly,” added the young midfielder, who came on for the final 10 minutes in Saturday’s 2-1 win against Accrington.
“He said the lads and the manager were really good so that was a big part of me coming here.
“The manager is really positive and has told me he is going to improve me as a player and I look forward to working with him.
“I am about getting the ball down and playing and the manager obviously wants to do that and that’s why I have come here.”
Flitcroft said he was attracted to the teenager’s skills as a “ball carrier”, something he believes had been lacking in his side.
“He’s a real attacking threat. He is someone who is very positive when he gets the ball. He can play on either wing and he can play in the hole as a number 10,” said the Bury boss.
“He gives us flexibility and options.
“When the game gets stretched he is the type of player that might open doors.
“Duane gives you that little bit of excitement. He is someone that I want to see. He can make a real impact from the subs bench until we can get him up to full throttle.”