Striker Jack Brame wants to get Ram Meadow ‘rocking’ after he and defender Nathan Clarke made their moves to Bury Town permanent.
The former Walsham-le-Willows duo — who were dual-registered with the Blues and the Willows towards the end of last season — completed their transfers to Ram Meadow on Tuesday night.
Both players cannot wait to get started and have targeted a successful season with the west Suffolk-based outfit in the Ryman League Premier Division.
“I think the club can achieve whatever it wants to achieve,” said Brame, who netted two goals in seven appearances for Bury last season. “It’s going to take a big effort from everyone, but when the Ram is rocking there is no better place to be.”
Although there has been plenty of upheaval already this summer with the departures of long-serving manager Richard Wilkins and captain Tom Bullard, Brame believes next season’s squad — which will feature his former West Suffolk College classmate Connor Hall — lis starting to take shape.
“All of us are looking forward to the new season because the squad is looking strong,” said the 21-year-old, who began last season as an unused Walsham substitute at Felixstowe and Walton United.
However, after taking the place of the departed Ollie Hughes, he went on to notch 20 league goals in the Thurlow Nunn Premier — including three hat-tricks — and with that prolific streak earned himself a chance at Bury.
“It will be a lot easier for me just to focus my attentions on Bury because I found it hard not playing with the squad all the time and not training with them either,” he added. “Training with the full squad and playing every week will make a huge difference.”
While Brame is preparing for his first full season in the Ryman League, Clarke is ready to show he can compete at that level having previously had spells with AFC Sudbury — where he was player of the year — and Needham Market in Ryman One North.
“I can’t wait to start,” said the 25-year-old centre-half. “You have got to make some sacrifices to play at this level and if you want to play as high as you can, but I’m happy to do that.
“I’ve got to work on my fitness, which has always been a bit of an issue — I’m starting my own pre-season this week.
“The football side of things should come naturally.”
Looking at next season’s targets, Clarke added: “We’ll have to wait to see the whole squad be sorted out, but the main priority with the transitional period is we’ve got to be in the top half and looking towards the play-offs.”
Bury’s caretaker manager Ben Chenery, who convinced the duo to sign, said: “They joined us during a difficult period with players coming and going, and they did themselves proud — they have got a lot to offer and there is also a lot more to come from them.”