Age is just a number for returning Bury Town hero Russell Short as he prepares to get started as new manager Ben Chenery’s number two.
The popular 25-year-old is back at Ram Meadow after just five months away to take up the position of player-coach.
And Short, who will have completed his UEFA B coaching badge by the time the new campaign rolls around, is raring to go for when the Blues report for their first pre-season session of the summer at Hardwick Heath on Monday.
“It’s a massive opportunity for me personally and one I can’t wait to get started with,” said Short, whose initial five-year stay at the club came to an end in January because of excessive travel commitments. “Cheners is going to bring a fresh approach to things.
“I’ve spoken to Wilks (former Bury manager Richard Wilkins) about it too and he’s very supportive of me and what I can do.
“I feel the club is going to move on — Cheners is positive and hopefully we will work well together.”
He added: “A few people have mentioned the age thing, but I believe it’s just a number.
“Life can be short and I don’t know what will happen, so why wait?
“Yes, I’m 25, but what’s to say I’m not good enough?”
Reflecting on his appointment of Short, who is expected to feature in the Bury midfield after impressing there last term, Chenery said: “I’m a great admirer of Russell and the way he carries himself off the pitch.”
Chairman Russell Ward added: “The biggest message it sends out from us is players like him have put faith back in the club.”
Short had been sharing lifts with Shane Tolley, Ryan Semple and David Bridges, but after that trio left in the wake of the Blues’ financial problems, the lonely 150-mile round trip from his Milton Keynes home became too much.
But with Miles Smith and Connor Hall both living in Cambridgeshire, the issues with travel have been reduced.
Looking ahead to the start of pre-season on Monday, Chenery added: “It will be nice to get everybody in, get a togetherness started and set some ground rules.
“It’s come round quickly, especially with the World Cup being on, and I know the players are itching to get going.”
n Bury Town will have a new main sponsor on the front of their shirts this season.
Plastic Trade Frames (PTF), a trade division of last year’s main sponsors Frames Conservatories Direct, will adorn the Blues’ kit during the 2014/15 season.
Adrian Lewis, managing director of Frames Conservatories and PTF, said: “We are entering a new era with Bury Town and as supporters of the club for many years we all felt a change of sponsor would help add a new lease of life.”
PTF deals in all forms of plastic building products from underground drainage, cavity closures and general building products to supplying windows, doors and conservatories.