Ben Chenery believes that Kyran Clements will benefit from his stint in a Bury Town shirt.
The young defender has joined the Blues from A134 neighbours AFC Sudbury on a season-long loan deal.
Clements spent time in and around the Sudbury first-team squad during 2015-16, but he was limited to just a handful of appearances owing to the number of defensive options at Jamie Godbold’s disposal.
However, with the chance to feature more regularly at Ram Meadow over the coming months, Chenery has tipped the former Suffolk Under-18 player to make great strides.
“Kyran has been unlucky at Sudbury because he is behind at least two really good centre-halves,” said the Bury boss.
“He needs to play games and he will get that with us.
“He has shown some good fitness in training and also possesses a nice turn of pace.
“There are still improvements to be made in terms of which pass to make and game management, but that will come the more he plays.
“He is a great addition to our defence, which needed freshening up.”
A holiday meant that Clements was absent for Bury’s first pre-season friendly of the summer on Tuesday night, which ended in a 3-1 victory over National League side Braintree Town.
While results count for very little at this stage of the process, Chenery was nonetheless pleased with the performance his side put in.
“We are at the early stages of our preparations, but we passed the ball well and played at a high tempo,” he added.
“Pre-season is mainly about fitness, but the lads looked in good shape already and that is pleasing.
“Braintree are a good National League side, so to compete with them and deservedly win the match, we have to be happy with that. A lot of boxes were ticked.”
Ex-Norwich United left-back Andrew Cusack and Tom Debenham, who has spent the last four years in America, both featured in defence against the Iron.
No decision has been taken yet as to whether or not the two players will be joining Chenery’s squad on a permanent basis, but they will be given further chances to impress in upcoming friendlies, the first of which is against Sudbury on Friday night (7.45pm).
n Meanwhile, in the FA Cup, Bury will play host to Spalding United in the preliminary round on August 20.
The club’s other route to Wembley, via the FA Trophy, begins on October 8.
On this occasion, Chenery’s men will travel to Kent to take on Ryman Division One South side Sittingbourne in the preliminary round.
Hanwell Town or Bedford Town await the winners of that tie on October 29.
n As for Needham Market, their status as a Ryman League Premier Division club means that they will not enter the FA Cup until the first qualifying round stage, which will take place on September 3.
In the FA Trophy, Mark Morsley’s team will entertain either Wroxham or Godalming Town in the first round qualifying on October 29.
On Tuesday evening, summer signing Emmanuel Osei opened his goalscoring account for the Marketmen, but he could not stop them from being beaten 4-1 by League Two side Colchester United.