Creative midfielder Danny Cunningham has turned down a deal at Bury Town to drop a division and sign for Ryman League Division One North outfit Needham Market.
The mercurial midfielder was the Blues’ best player in the closing weeks of last season, but a liability for yellow and red cards during his stop-start career, which has stretched over several different spells.
Bury were keen to keep him, but Bury chairman Russell Ward said earlier in the day that a deal for was ‘unlikely to happen’ because the two parties were ‘a long way apart financially’.
Needham announced the signing of Cunningham on a two-year deal on their website this afternoon.
The Marketmen’s boss Mark Morsley, who managed Cunningham at AFC Sudbury and Leiston, said: “Dev was one of my targets this year.
“After we assessed the failings from last season it was obvious to all that we were not scoring or creating enough goals.
“Bringing Dev into the building gives us someone who can fill that gap.
“He can play in a number of offensive positions plus his delivery at set pieces is exceptional.”
Elsewhere at Bury, winger Jordan Patrick is in America until the autumn and three other players will certainly not be with the Blues next season.
Australian striker Anthony Roulston — man of the match in the Suffolk Premier Cup final last season — has returned to his homeland, while youngsters Ryan Taylor are set for university.