Four of the Bury St Edmunds area’s best footballers are looking for new challenges after finding themselves without clubs. Former left-sided Bury Town player Ben Coker and attacking midfielder Ian Henderson, from Thetford, have both left npower League One outfit Colchester United after having their contracts cancelled by mutual consent. Meanwhile, former Exeter City striker Richard Logan is still looking for a club and Bury St Edmunds-based midfielder Craig Parker has had his contract cancelled by Blue Square Bet South club Chelmsford City by mutual consent. Coker, who has been approached by Bury but is unlikely to take up their offer, said: “I’ve got a few options I’m thinking about, so I’m speaking to my agent and looking to play as high as I can. “Hopefully the Football League is still an option — I’ve just got to get training with a club and show them what I’ve got to offer. “I’m not one of those players who wants to sit around on the bench and take the money.” Reflecting on his time at the U’s, Coker — who made 45 appearances for the Essex club —said: “It was brilliant. “My debut was amazing, as were the two-and-a-half years that followed — I’m really appreciative to Colchester for giving me the chance to play in the Football League, and I hope I can continue doing so somewhere else.”
Meanwhile, ex-Chelmsford, Bury and Needham Market man Parker will assess his options from ‘a range of levels’ before making a decision on his future next week.
Bury — where Parker had a three-month loan stint earlier this season — are believed to be in for the attacking midfielder.
“After Monday night’s match for Chelmsford I told the gaffer it wasn’t working out and didn’t want to bide my time any longer,” said Parker, who has played just four minutes of league football since returning to Melbourne Stadium a month ago. “Since I signed the form, I’ve had a few calls from a few clubs and will meet with a few.
“I’m going to see what they have got to say and will make a decision next week.”
Parker said the highlight of his time in Essex was their FA Cup run of last season that culminated in a second-round replay against Football League side Macclesfield Town on TV.
Meanwhile, Bury are hoping ex-professional Logan will be back in their squad having made just one appearance at Canvey Island before going on trial with Torquay United.
The Blues travel to Met Police in the Ryman Premier tomorrow (3pm) before visiting Wealdstone on Monday (7.45pm).
Connor Hall returned to the squad for the first time since November 3 when Bury lost 3-1 at Harrow on Tuesday.
He will only be fit enough for a place on the bench again tomorrow.
“We’ve missed his presence and his guile,” said Bury manager Richard Wilkins, who is set to lose three more key players this week with Russell Short away and Luke Ingram and John Kennedy beginning four and three-match suspensions respectively.
Billy Clark — who has extended his contract until the end of next season — Lee Reed and Callum Kearns remain sidelined, while Jordan Patrick is struggling with a minor hamstring problem.
However, loanee Warren Whitely should be back.