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SURVEYING THE DAMAGE: Bury Town chairman Russell Ward at the groundsman's hut at Ram Meadow that was destroyed by fire last Thursday
SURVEYING THE DAMAGE: Bury Town chairman Russell Ward at the groundsman's hut at Ram Meadow that was destroyed by fire last Thursday
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BURY Town have taken steps to make sure one of their most difficult summers in recent memory does not get any worse.

After the groundsman’s hut at Ram Meadow went up in flames last Thursday – narrowly avoiding taking the main stand with it – the Blues learned that newly-appointed assistant manager James Scowcroft could be on his way back to Ipswich Town.

The former Premier League striker has reportedly been offered a deal to coach in the academy at the npower Championship club, but boss Richard Wilkins has a ready-made replacement lined up.

“Scowie would still be involved at Bury Town if he took the job, but he could not commit to being number two and I don’t know if he would be able to play,” said the Blues’ boss.

“The person who would come in would be an ex-professional player who knows a lot of players from a higher level.

“His networking would give us a new dimension in areas that have maybe been a struggle for us to get players from in the past.”

Scowcroft was remaining tight-lipped on his immediate future, but the Free Press understands he would accept a position at Portman Road if offered it.

Following last Thursday’s fire –more on Page 6 – the news Scowcroft could leave has the potential to impact upon a summer that the club has already admitted to being extremely difficult.

With less than a month to go before they kick off their Ryman League Premier Division campaign against Carshalton Athletic on Saturday, August 18, at Ram Meadow, Bury are yet to make their first signing of the summer.

And – on top of releasing Kieran Leabon, Craig Nurse and Roscoe Hipperson – have seen widemen Lee Smith and Danny Cunningham swap west Suffolk for east Suffolk to join Ryman Premier rivals Lowestoft Town, while Sam Reed is yet to make a firm decision on his own future.

However, the former Cambridge City and Newmarket Town attacker is expected to make his mind up after tonight’s friendly at Diss Town, following his 90-minute run-out against Braintree Town on Tuesday.

“He was away last week, but came back and looked really sharp on Tuesday,” said Wilkins. “His body language is good and I said I would speak to him after the game on Friday because we need a decision from him.

“There was little sign of him looking to go elsewhere with the amount of effort he put in against Braintree.”

A player who could join Reed among the Blues’ attacking ranks – already boosted by a new two-year deal for John Sands this summer – could be former West Ham United, Norwich City and Glasgow Rangers youngster Jack Werndly.

The 19-year-old was last at Albion Rovers, on loan from Ibrox, where he scored three goals in 12 Scottish Second Division matches, two of them winners.

Werndly – a friend of Bury defender Connor Hall – also made one substitute appearance for Histon in 2010.