Bury Town’s newest recruit Joe Whight has spoken of his gratitude towards the club as he aims to be propelled to a return to the Football League.
The versatile 19-year-old, who can play at centre-half, left-back or in midfield, looked set for a summer of uncertainty after falling out of the professional game following his release by Ipswich Town.
However, the Blues stepped in to offer Whight an immediate return to action, much to his relief.
“The club got in contact with me pretty quickly after my release from Ipswich which was really good of them and it is a great place to start my career again,” he said.
“It was a huge relief to have my future sorted so quickly because I was pretty down after being released.
“It is a big knock to be told you’re not good enough but now I can look forward to getting back to playing and it has given me my confidence back.
“I spoke to Billy Clark and also Seb Dunbar, who I have played with before, and they both assured me it was a good place to be.
“Everyone here has been really welcoming and that has definitely made the move a lot easier, I’ve settled in really well.”
For Whight, who featured in Bury’s 2-1 home defeat to Colchester United Under-21s on Tuesday night, the Blues also offered a promising platform to fulfil his ambitions of one day returning to the Football League.
Having produced promising talents in the past such as Ben Coker, currently at Colchester United, Charlton Athletic’s Nick Pope and Ian Miller, formerly of Ipswich Town, Darlington and Grimsby Town, Whight is confident of following in their footsteps up the rungs of the football ladder.
“I was told about how the club have produced players for the Football League and if I’m honest that is something that attracted me,” he added.
“They said that is where they aim to get all young players and for me that is definitely somewhere I want to get back to.
“I definitely feel I have a point to prove.
“I still have a lot to learn but having experienced the professional side of the game, I am confident I can make it back there.
“The club have said that they won’t stand in anyone’s way of a move to a higher level and that is reassuring to hear.
“They want to do what is best for the players and that makes you want to do your utmost for the club.”
Meanwhile, another player who could follow Whight through the Ram Meadow entrance is trialist Anthony Roulston, who has been backed to earn a full-time deal with the Blues by assistant manager Ben Chenery.
The Australian, formerly of North Pine Sports Club in his home country, has impressed since arriving at the club, scoring twice in three pre-season encounters, including opening the scoring against the U’s on Tuesday night.
And despite not confirming a deal is in place for Roulston, who is likely to feature once again at Mildenhall Town on Tuesday (7.45pm), Chenery believes his desire to impress has done the striker no harm in his attempts to persuade the Blues management to offer him a contract.
“Anthony has done extremely well in pre-season, he’s certainly done himself no harm in trying to impress,” he said.
“Sometimes you can un-earth a real talent out of nowhere and Anthony has more than lived up to our expectations.
“However, the most pleasing thing for me is just his desire to play football, it is all he wants to do and that is incredibly refreshing to see.
“We will keep monitoring the situation over the coming weeks and hopefully come to a decision soon.”