Chief creator Reed is keen to sort out a contract early

Striker Sam Reed has admitted he would like to get a new contract sorted out with Bury Town as early as possible to avoid a repeat of last summer’s delay.

The fans’ favourite was the final member of last year’s squad to sign up for the current campaign as he assessed his options elsewhere.

However, the Blues’ chief creator — who set up a goal for the 17th time this season on Saturday — does not plan to wait around so long.

“I’d like to get it sorted early and stay at Bury, but there are two parties when dealing with this,” said Reed. “It’s good to have it wrapped up then you know where you stand for next season.

“It wasn’t nice leaving it so late last year, but that was partly down to me.”

Bury bounced back into the Ryman League Premier Division play-off zone with a 3-1 win at Carshalton Athletic on Saturday and could win four league games in a row for the first time this campaign by seeing off Hastings United at home tomorrow (3pm).

“We just have to take it one game at a time,” said Reed, who is happy with his role of teeing up goals for the prolific John Sands. “Before Saturday we thought we needed nine wins from 13 games and although that is difficult, there is no-one in this league we can’t beat.”

The Blues also face Leiston at Needham Market’s Bloomfields ground in the Suffolk Premier Cup semi-final on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Russell Short (knee) and John Kennedy (groin) are Bury’s only doubts for Saturday, but Billy Clark (broken ankle) and Callum Kearns (knee) remain long-term absentees, while Richard Logan (calf) could return.