Bury Town have added former Cambridge United and Leyton Orient centre-half Adam Tann to their defensive ranks on a month’s loan.
The 30-year-old has joined from Blue Square Bet South outfit Chelmsford City, ending a month-long chase for his services by the backroom staff at Ram Meadow, while Clarets teammate Craig Parker — also on loan with Bury — has secured a third month with his hometown club.
He will go straight into the Blues’ starting line-up for tomorrow’s visit of Met Police in the Ryman League Premier Division (3pm), meaning Sam Nunn — Bury’s only ever-present so far this season — is set to drop to the bench.
“It’s taken a while to get to where we are with Adam, but over the next month we have nine huge games,” said director of football Trevor Collins of the versatile Tann, who could give Bury another option in midfield or at right-back.
“People have been critical of the club for not bringing bodies in, but they have to be better than what we’ve got and they have to be in budget.
“Having built what we have built, we would be foolish as a club to blow that away.”
Securing Parker for another month and bringing in Tann on loan has come at a crucial time for Bury after Billy Clark (ankle) joined Lee Reed (hernia), Connor Hall, Callum Kearns and Elliot Hunter (all knee) on the sideline.
Midfielder Clark was making just his second start since recovering from a thigh injury that kept him out for almost two months.
However, a robust challenge at Hampton and Richmond Borough on Saturday fractured the former Ipswich Town man’s ankle and could rule him out for the rest of the season.
Lee Reed is expected to be out for the foreseeable future and will find out the full extent of his latest hernia problem on Sunday.
“I’ve never known anything like it in my time here,” said Bury boss Richard Wilkins. “Football sometimes has a habit of making life difficult.
“We haven’t got the biggest squad in the world, so to have those players out for the foreseeable future is a massive blow.”
Fourth-placed Bury have two home games in the space of four days with Met Police visiting tomorrow (3pm) and Leiston on Tuesday (7.45pm) for the Blues’ first Ryman Premier Suffolk derby of the season.
With Bury’s squad depleted by injuries, promising youngster Liam Wales could be given the opportunity to step up to the first-team squad.
Bury (from): Blake, Bullard, Coulson, Garnham, Ingram, Kennedy, Key, Nunn, Parker, Patrick, S Reed, Rossis, Sands, Short, Tann, Wales.
n Bury recovered from a goal down to win 3-2 at Hampton and Richmond Borough on Saturday.
This came courtesy of an excellent John Sands strike and a brace from Craig Parker.