ALLICION Blake is determined to make the most of his time at Bury Town and use it as the launchpad to reignite his football career.
The 24-year-old striker was signed as a professional by Peterborough United at the age of 15 and was also on the books of Norwich City and Ipswich Town.
However, a series of injury problems stalled the former England international futsal player’s career so much so that this summer provided him with his first pre-season for four years.
“I only now feel I could go on and be the player I was before my injuries,” said Blake, who marked each of his first two substitute appearances for Bury with goals. “I want to push on and progress up the career ladder.
“I need to do what I can to hold down my place in the squad – if I want to launch my career as a footballer it is now or never.”
Blake followed up his strikes – the third goal in a 3-0 win against Thurrock and an equaliser in Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Hendon – by earning his first start in place of the injured John Sands against Canvey Island on Monday.
With Sands still out, Blake is set to partner Sam Reed in attack again at Hastings United tomorrow (3pm) and the forward – signed on dual registration with Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division outfit Woodbridge Town – also has his eyes on Sands’ golden boots.
“I would like to be the highest goalscorer at the club this year,” he added. “I want to stay in the team and keep going,” he said. “Hopefully this time next year I could be one of the more established players at the club.”
Bury manager Richard Wilkins certainly thinks Blake could become a vital part of the Blues’ squad.
“He’s got all the attributes, he’s just got to believe in himself a bit more,” said Bury’s boss. “He works hard, has a very good footballing brain and is a strong lad.”
The Ram Meadow-based outfit were trying to push through a new signing last night in time for him to take his place in Bury’s squad at Hastings United tomorrow.
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Will Viner looks set to be on his way to Ryman Premier rivals Thurrock, but assistant manager Ben Chenery has targeted an immediate replacement.
Long-term absentee Elliot Hunter (knee) will be joined on the sidelines by Callum Kearns (knee) and Sands (groin) on Saturday.
Kearns is due to have a scan on his knee shortly after being stretchered off on the opening day of the season against Carshalton Athletic, but Sands could return to training next week.
n BURY Town Football Club’s SuperDraw, week 13: £1,000 K Scott D7044; £150 Mrs A Owens D8188; £100 Mr A Evans P0850; £75 Mr A Smith A7704; £50 Ms S Barnett M8528; Mr S Hinsley F7233; £25 Mr J T Bates V6167
Mr J Brisley K3810; Mrs M D Mann G5106; Mrs L Brenchley K0977.
The birth date drawn was 15-10-63 with no winners, therefore next week’s prize will be £200.