Top scorer Sands on the verge of Bury departure

TRANSFER REQUEST: Bury Town's top scorer John Sands
TRANSFER REQUEST: Bury Town's top scorer John Sands
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Russell Ward hopes John Sands’ future can be settled swiftly, for the sake of all parties, as Bury Town’s top scorer moved nearer to the exit door.

The Blues’ chairman accepted an offer from an unnamed club for Sands — who has hit 59 goals in 105 appearances since signing for the club in October 2011 — on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after the player handed in a written transfer request.

A number of clubs have made enquiries about the former Mildenhall Town striker, but only one had an offer accepted — believed to be from the same level as Bury.

Chairman Ward, who admitted he would be disappointed if Sands left for a club that was not higher in the football pyramid, said: “The quicker it can be sorted out, the better for everyone involved.”

Sands, who was in discussions with the unnamed club today (Thursday), said: “I’ve got nothing against any of the fans or people at Bury, but I probably should have gone in the summer and since then I haven’t really been happy.”

He added: “I want to be somewhere I’m really firing — I can go to a different club with a different set-up and have a great season.

“I’ve had a couple of great seasons at Bury and I’ve loved my time there, but I hope they understand I want a fresh challenge.”

Should the forward depart Ram Meadow before tomorrow’s trip to bottom-of-the-league Cray Wanderers (3pm), for which Shane Tolley is suspended, the Blues would be left with unproven youngsters Anthony Roulston and Ryan Taylor as their only options in attack.

Tolley is set to sit out the next three matches, while defensive midfielder John Kennedy will also be absent through suspension after picking up five yellow cards.

Joe Whight — a late substitute in the win over Dereham Town on Saturday — is fit again and expected to take the spot of Kennedy, while Ross Bailey and Taylor may return to the squad.

Looking ahead tomorrow’s clash, Wilkins said: “Although Cray have struggled, they have got a new manager and picked up a bit — it’s not normally a happy hunting ground for us.”

n Bury are attempting to move a fixture with Lewes to Tuesday (7.45pm) — full details at www.buryfreepress.co.uk/sport on Monday.