Connor Hall is back at Bury Town with unfinished business to complete after being told he would not be signed by Cambridge United.
The U’s — newly promoted to the Football League — agreed to sign the versatile 21-year-old in the summer of 2013, but serious hip injuries have kept him sidelined for more than a year and ultimately put paid to his chance of a professional deal.
And Bury was the only destination for Hall, who was straight on the phone to club officials on Monday before signing non-contract terms a little over 24 hours later.
“I’m getting butterflies in my stomach thinking about the chance to come back to Bury,” said Hall. “The last six months I was at Bury I wasn’t fit —I was in agony after every game.
“I would like to be able to come back and show everyone what I can do.”
He added: “It’s the club I broke through at, the fans have been unbelievable and the whole time I’ve been injured the club have been talking to me.”
Trevor Collins — who has been assisting interim manager Ben Chenery with the Blues’ rebuild — had most recently been in contact with him, asking via text message at the weekend when the youngster would be returning to complete his ‘unfinished business’.
And Chenery is delighted to have the left-footer— who can play in defence or midfield — back at the club.
“I’m a great admirer of Connor, not just of his footballing ability, but his mental strength,” said Chenery. “He’s in great physical condition and it’s wonderful to see him with a smile on his face.
“He’s a very good footballer and a lad who wants to get better. It’s a big lift because he’s an important player and Bury Town through and through — I’m hoping his enthusiasm will be infectious throughout the squad.”
Pre-season dates for your diary: July 15 Walsham-le-Willows (a); 19 AFC Sudbury (a); 22 Mildenhall Town (a); 26 Colchester United XI (h); 29 Lowestoft Town (h); 30 Ipswich Wanderers (a); Aug 4 Cambridge United XI (h); TBC Braintree Town (h).