Award winner Garnham remains committed to the cause

GOALKEEPER Marcus Garnham sweeped the board at Bury Town’s presentation night and then admitted he had no hesitation in putting pen to paper on a new contract.

The 24-year-old custodian – who won the supporters’, players’ and manager’s player-of-the-season trophies at Ram Meadow on Saturday night – was one of the first current Bury players to commit to the team for next season.

He now has eyes on more silverware, but it is the Ryman League Premier Division title he is focused on.

“I was thrilled to bits to win all three,” he said. “I was also surprised to get all three – I thought John Kennedy or someone else would get one. With the supporters’ player of the year, people pay to come and watch, and obviously think I’m playing well or giving it my best.

“The players’ player of the year also means a great deal because it means you have a great of respect from other players in your team.”

Garnham – who featured in all 60 of Bury’s matches this campaign – was part of the first wave of players to commit themselves to the West Suffolk outfit, with John Sands, Connor Hall, Callum Kearns and Billy Clark also signing up.

“I’m happy where I am,” added the shot stopper. “The lads are good and you don’t get this team spirit in other sides.

“We may fall out from time to time like everyone does, but we all like to go out and have a laugh.

“Hopefully we can push on next year – we’ve been disappointed two years in a row to miss out and we’re just looking for that extra two per cent.

“We are going to have to bring in a couple of players to strengthen in certain areas, but you need to do that every year to freshen things up.”

At the Blues’ presentation night, outgoing assistant manager Richard Skelly was also presented with a special award to thank him for his three years at the club.

Meanwhile, Team Bury’s player-of-the-season accolades were also handed out, with Phil Weavers and Adam Burroughs the recipients of the supporters’ and players’ player-of-the-season awards respectively.

n Bury’s Callum Clipstone has been called up to the Suffolk Under-16s squad to face Hertfordshire at the County Ground, Baldock Road, Letchworth, on Sunday (2pm).