Bury boss confident of replacing trio
Three key players from last season are heading for the exit, but Bury Town boss Ben Chenery will not be hitting the panic button any time soon.
Leading goalscorer Cemal Ramadan has joined higher-league Leiston and midfielder Noel Aitkens looks set to join him at the Victory Ground, pending the two clubs reaching an agreement over compensation.
And the versatile Tevan Allen has also opted to move on, with his next destination likely to be confirmed some time next week.
It has left Chenery with gaps to plug over the summer, but rather than be downbeat about the situation, Chenery is putting a positive spin on the departures.
“All three were key players for us and I think if you asked them, each would say myself and the management team have helped them to become better players,” said the Blues boss.
“From that point of view it is a little frustrating, but if you produce good players, people will come to watch them and show interest.
“In an ideal world we would have kept them, but that is the nature of football.
“We have to see it as a compliment. This is the way we do things at Bury and we are proud of the players we produce.
“This sort of thing has happened before and we have recovered. We will be competitive next season.”
And Chenery also believes that the fact Ramadan and Aitkens will be moving up the non-league pyramid could aid Bury’s bid to replace them.
“We are having regular chats with players and are very busy in that respect,” he added.
“But right now it comes down to money with a lot of players. Some clubs can pay a lot, others cannot.
“The lads that have left, they show what we can produce.
“It is our selling point and it is a carrot for players. We can help them to become better players.”