Andrews hails Kennedy after Bury Town switch

Bury Town V Carshalton Athletic.  GOAL!! Neil Andrews scores Bury's first.
Bury Town V Carshalton Athletic. GOAL!! Neil Andrews scores Bury's first.
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NEIL Andrews has hailed Bury Town’s signing of his former Histon team-mate John Kennedy from Cambridge City.

However, the former midfield partners in crime may not get the opportunity to line up alongside one another at Ram Meadow with Andrews still undecided on his playing future.

“I’ve always said I wanted to go out on a high,” he said. “The signings the club have made are fantastic.

“It would be an enjoyable year next year because Bury will do well, and I would like to play alongside John again.

“He is such an inspirational character – he works hard, puts in tackles, wins headers and is an intelligent player.

“Bury will have a good year next year and part of me wants to be a part of that, but I also think I may have already had my day.”

Andrews, 32, added: “I don’t think I will come back, but if that changes I will get in touch with the club.

“It may be a situation where I don’t do a pre-season, but come October or November I’ll be on the phone asking to come back.”

Andrews, Kennedy and Bury defender Roscoe Hipperson — who is set to commit himself to another year at Ram Meadow today — were part of Histon’s Conference South winning side in 2007.

“We are really pleased with the signing of John Kennedy because we’ve been after him for about 18 months,” said Wilkins. “He’s a very good player — I liked him at Histon when they were riding high in the Conference.

“He was the supporters’ player of the year there and also has professional pedigree with Ipswich Town.”

Meanwhile, the Blues have also swooped to snap up former Cambridge United midfielder Stephen Smith from Zamaretto League Division One Central play-off semi-finalists Biggleswade Town.

Speaking about the 24-year-old, Wilkins added: “He played more than 50 games for Cambridge United and just lost his way a little, but we’ve heard good reports on how he has been doing at Biggleswade Town.”

Talks over a new pay-as-you-play deal continue with James Scowcroft, but Ashley Sloots and Scott Chaplin have joined Needham Market.

Chaplin was released by Bury last week in order to find himself regular first-team football, but Sloots was expected to return for pre-season training following an injury-hit 12 months.

During that year, he underwent a knee operation, fall ill and continue to struggle with Compartment syndrome — a condition Bury believe requires an operation.

“From our point of view, we are disappointed with Ashley Sloots,” said director of football Trevor Collins. “We paid him all of last season, for which a huge chunk he wasn’t fit for.

“We paid a lot of money to send him for specialist treatment and he was also ill for short period and stood by him.

“We gave him the opportunity to come back and earn a new deal from the club. but only found out on our own website that he had gone to Needham — he went without even a phone call.”