Director of football’s future to be discussed tonight

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Bury Town director of football Trevor Collins is set to discuss his future with chairman Russell Ward tonight.

Collins has served the club in various roles for 28 years, including as a player, captain, assistant manager and director of football.

But he admits his near-three decade association with the Blues could be about to end.

“I don’t know what is going on as the club have not spoken to me as to whether they want me to continue in my role anymore,” said Collins, who has been charged with leading recruitment in recent seasons and has had notable successes with the likes of left-back Ben Coker — who now plays for Southend United in the Football League — goalkeeper Marcus Garnham and ex-Ipswich Town midfielder Billy Clark.

However, with chairman Ward taking over control of the playing budget from Collins and vice-chairman Phil Smailes, the director of football is unsure whether his services are still needed.

“If that is the case then I need to consider what I wish to do in the future as I have had an offer to do some scouting for a professional club and I am sure some local non-League clubs would give me an opportunity to do something with them,” he said.