Ben Chenery believes John Sands can prove the key in Bury Town’s fight against the drop after the striker made a sensational return to the club.
The prolific marksman, who scored an impressive 59 goals in 105 appearances for the Blues, before departing for Canvey Island in October of last year, has been brought back to Ram Meadow on dual registration from Conference South side Chelmsford City.
And despite the 27-year-old needing a double hernia operation, which has been delayed, manager Chenery is confident Sands can recapture his previous goalscoring form and help lift the Blues off the foot of the Ryman League Premier Division, where they sit eight points adrift of safety following a run of seven straight league defeats.
“Natural goalscorers are priceless and a rare commodity to be given one is huge for us,” he said.
“It is a huge boost. I’m no fool, I know goalscorers cost money but you get what you pay for, they are priceless and are certainly worth it.
“John is a goal scorer and he is raring to go. Players like him can be nonexistent all game but give them one chance and they will score.
“He has a habit for scoring goals and it’s what he loves doing.
“He also has a fire about him, he is passionate and always wants to win, so that will be a good influence on the dressing room.
“That is what we have lacked and we’ve had no-one doing that at the minute — he can be the difference.”
Sands’ arrival has come at the perfect time, with the striker possibly set to go straight into the side for a trip to fellow strugglers VCD Athletic tomorrow (3pm).
Although Athletic reside one place but five points clear of Bury having played two fewer games, Chenery refused to be overly concerned with the magnitude or importance of the encounter at this stage of the season.
“All defeats are huge but I’m not getting carried away about the importance of the next game,” he added.
“It is a big game but I don’t think it is pivotal to our season. If we were later on in the season I’d be more concerned.
“The last two games have been an improvement without getting any points and so there are positive signs there.
“Things have been going against in recent weeks us but we can’t feel sorry for ourselves.
“I’m not overly concerned just yet, we just need a win.”