Bury Town are on the verge of adding Shane Tolley to their attack ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup first qualifying round tie with Thurrock (3pm).
The 28-year-old forward is set to sign from King’s Lynn Town and had verbally agreed a deal with the Blues as the Free Press went to print yesterday afternoon.
Tolley, a former England schoolboy, lists the likes of St Neots Town, Spalding United and Histon among his former clubs.
“He links up well with midfield and scores goals,” said the Blues’ boss. “I’ve been after him on and off for about two or three years — it would be a great signing for the club.”
The addition of another attacking player would ease the goalscoring burden on John Sands — who, by his own admission, is not 100 per cent after missing most of pre-season with a hip injury — and Richard Logan, who has just one Bury Town goal to his name.
Teenager Ryan Taylor and Australian youngster Anthony Roulston are Bury’s other options, but Wilkins wants to ease them into Ryman League football.
Centre-half Adam Bailey-Dennis will return from suspension when Bury host Thurrock in the FA Cup tomorrow, but right-back Taylor Nathaniel — who is dual-registered with Bishop’s Stortford — may not be available.
Looking ahead to the qualifying tie, Wilkins said: “Thurrock are a good team and have had some good wins, so we’ll be treating them with the utmost respect.”