Connor Hall, above, is ready to step up and make a difference in Bury Town’s midfield after revealing that only fitness issues kept him consigned to defence earlier in the campaign.
The highly-rated youngster was set to earn a move to professional outfit Cambridge United after his displays at the heart of the Bury midfield during his previous spell at the club.
After 18 months out of the game with serious hip injuries and his move to the U’s falling through, Hall returned to Bury at the start of the season, but his fitness has only just reached a level where he can return to his favoured position with confidence.
“I felt at the start of the season I needed to play at centre-back to get myself games and get fit,” said Hall, who moved back to the middle of the park for draws at VCD Athletic last week and at home to play-off-chasing Leiston on Boxing Day. “I feel I’ve got to that point and now it’s time to push on again.
“It was purely a fitness thing to get my confidence back and get playing football again — now that’s happened I want to help the team out as much as possible from midfield.”
Hall — whose side were due to visit Canvey Island yesterday — is set to line up against title favourites Maidstone United at Ram Meadow tomorrow (3pm).
And the left-footed maestro is looking forward to linking with John Sands after the striker sealed his return to the Blues with his second debut on Boxing Day.
“If you’ve got a chance to take him, you’ve got to take him, it’s as simple as that,” said Hall. “A lot of people see another side of him, but he’s a great lad and if he gets chances he will score. It’s a massive boost and he will get in behind defences all day long.”
Player-coach Russell Short, who has reverted to right-back in the last couple of games, will miss tomorrow’s match through suspension after his red card at VCD, with Tevan Allen expected to replace him.
Allen was favoured over Callum Bennett in the Blues’ squad on Boxing Day, while Liam Wales (hamstring) missed the match through injury.
Kye Ruel has left after his short spell at Ram Meadow of just 18 appearances failed to live up to the expectations of his memorable debut when he brilliantly set up a late equaliser for Seb Dunbar against Leatherhead.
Looking ahead to tomorrow’s clash with high-flying Maidstone, Chenery said: “No-one will expect us to get anything from that game, but I will expect us to.”