TOM Bullard rejected a large offer from another club to continue his pursuit of promotion from the Ryman League Premier Division with Bury Town.
The Blues’ skipper admitted it had been ‘a stressful week’ deciding between a lucrative new challenge or remaining with the club he has been at for the last seven years.
But with full-backs Russell Short and Mark Coulson signing up at the end of last week – adding to goalkeeper Marcus Garnham and defenders Sam Nunn and Connor Hall – it helped persuade Bullard to remain in west Suffolk.
“I had a good offer from elsewhere, but football-wise I wanted to stay at Bury,” said Bullard, who also paid tribute to Bury’s supporters. “Despite the money I could have got elsewhere, I didn’t want to turn my back on Bury – I’ve been there seven years and I’m captain.
“I had a lot of thinking to do last week – it was quite stressful.
“The team coming in for me had the money to go out and get what players they wanted, but we’ve built something here at Bury and we’ve not been far off.
“It would have been a shame if I had left knowing we’ve been so close to getting promoted.”
Youngster Evan Key has also been re-signed for another year, but it was the club’s retention of Short and Coulson that had a big impact on Bullard’s decision to also stay at Ram Meadow.
“I wanted to make sure everyone was signed and we are keeping a good base,” added the 25-year-old centre-half. “If you keep your back four or five together, it could spell good things.
“We’re only waiting on a couple more and hopefully they will be signed up this week.”
Meanwhile, the Blues have also moved to re-sign James Scowcroft this week.
The former Ipswich Town, Crystal Palace and Leicester City professional has rejoined the club as first-team coach.
Bury had been keen to sign him up as assistant manager, but Scowcroft’s media commitments meant he could not commit to that role.
However, he hopes to help out as much as he can off the field as the Blues prepare to enter their third consecutive season in the Ryman Premier.