Craig Parker is looking to rediscover his goalscoring touch after signing for Bury Town on loan from Chelmsford City.
Parker’s last season in Suffolk was a prolific one as he netted 42 goals from midfield for Needham Market in Ryman League Division One North, earning him a move to the Clarets in the summer of 2011.
But after scoring just once for the Blue Square Bet South outfit this campaign, despite featuring heavily, he is looking forward to returning to his roots and linking up with Bury for the second time.
“It did come out of the blue a little bit, but once I had a think about it I realised it was a good move,” said Parker. “Hopefully I can build up my confidence by scoring a few goals.”
Bury have been enquiring about the midfielder’s availability for three months and boss Richard Wilkins was pleased to finally get his man.
“Most of Needham’s success was down to his goalscoring record, which is phenomenal at any level of football,” he said. “He’s a natural goalscorer.”
The signing of Parker will bolster the Blues’ midfield, weakened by a long-term knee injury to Callum Kearns and the current absence of Billy Clark to a thigh problem.
The latter is battling to be fit for tomorrow’s return to Ryman Premier duties at home to Harrow Borough (3pm), but is suspended anyway when the Blues begin their defence of the Ryman League Cup at Maldon and Tiptree on Tuesday (7.45pm).