Bury boss happy to bide his time

PATIENCE: Bury manager Ben Chenery
PATIENCE: Bury manager Ben Chenery

Teams around them may have started to make some big-named signings, but Bury Town manager Ben Chenery has insisted he will not be drawn into any bidding wars.

The Blues announced shortly after the conclusion of their 2016/17 Isthmian League Division One North campaign that Leon Ottley-Gooch and Ollie Fenn had both agreed terms for the following season.

Goalkeeper James Bradbrook has also come in from Needham Market to challenge Neil O’Sullivan for the gloves, but aside from that, it has largely been quiet on the transfer front at Ram Meadow.

Meanwhile, neighbouring Stowmarket Town have been busy building a squad for their assault on the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division, while Bostick League Premier Division side Needham recently recruited Gareth Heath and Jamie Griffiths.

A raft of departures down the A134 has also forced AFC Sudbury boss Jamie Godbold to bring in seven new players, whereas Chenery is happy to bide his time and wait for the right player to become available for a reasonable financial outlay.

“I think because we secured Leon and Ollie so early, people forget how big a signing those two are,” said the Bury chief.

“They are going to be key players for us next season, no doubt about that.

“Like every other club, we are looking at players and there are plenty of conversations going on.

“But it is fair to say that money demands are inflated this summer and we will never pay too much for a player.

He continued: “There tends to be the window we have at the moment and another opens up around the time the season starts when some players are not in the team or do not pick up the deals they want.

“If we have to wait until then, fine. It is about getting the right player — they have to be right for us, on and off the pitch.

“It is a waiting game, we just have to make sure we strike at the right time.”

n At Saturday’s Isthmian League AGM, Needham were named the Fair Play Award winners for the 2016/17.