Bury Town manager Ben Chenery has revealed that Nick Ingram rejected offers from other clubs to stay with the Blues next season.
A number of clubs were hoping to sign the teenage striker this summer, but Ingram has agreed a new deal with Bury in time for the 2016-17 campaign.
The 18-year-old scored five goals in 16 appearances for Chenery’s side in the final months of last season and was an instant hit with the Ram Meadow faithful.
“Nick’s coming back for next season,” the Blues boss confirmed. “He’s a lad with great potential and maybe he hasn’t fulfilled that yet.
“He’s hungry to do well and he’s a very respectful lad as well. I’m really pleased to have him with us for next season.”
During his loan spell at Ram Meadow last season, Ingram was released by Sky Bet Championship club Ipswich Town, but Chenery believes the talented forward can find his way back into the professional game.
“If he can have a good pre-season and score 10 goals in the first three months people will be watching,” he said.
“It would give me no greater pleasure than to see Nick get back in the Football League and shining there.
“I can see that he is so hungry to get back there and with his mind set I think he’s going to have a good year.”
Ingram is the 15th player from last season’s Bury squad to have re-signed for next season, with Tevan Allen, Phil Weavers, Ollie Hughes, Neil O’Sullivan, Darcy De’ath, Remi Garrett, Noel Aitkens, John Kennedy, Sam Reed, Ollie Canfer, Bradley Barber, Matt Collins, Justin Miller and Josh Mayhew having agreed to stay at Ram Meadow.
The Blues have also added Newmarket Town goalkeeper Dan Heath to their squad this summer, with Chenery close to finalising a deal to bring in a new defender to the club on a season-long loan.
“The bulk of the squad are returning for next season and we’ve got two or three trialists that we’re currently looking at,” Chenery said.
“We haven’t got the finances to compete for some players but there is a lot to look forward to at this football club.”