Bury Town manager Ben Chenery has challenged the club’s young players to make a mark in their opening two pre-season friendlies.
The Blues travel to Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division sides Gorleston tomorrow (3pm) and Walsham-le-Willows on Tuesday (7.45pm) to begin their on-the-field preparations for the new season.
Although Chenery remains in the hunt for new signings, he hopes some selected Team Bury and under-18 players can step up to the plate and stake their case for a place in Bury’s 16 for the opening day of the season on August 9.
“I’ll be looking for some trialists in the coming week, but there are certainly a few players from Team Bury and the under-18s I want to see in the next two games,” said Chenery, who expects to announce who his new club captain will be next week. “They are a year older from last pre-season so it will be interesting to see how they have developed.”
Left-back Seb Dunbar will miss the first three pre-season games as he will be visiting friend — and new Bury striker — Remi Garrett, who is away until mid-August, in Thailand.
Both Dunbar and Garrett have training plans to keep themselves in prime condition while they are away.
One young player hoping to make an impact in pre-season is Tevan Allen, who made seven substitute appearances and scored one goal when he made his breakthrough at Ram Meadow towards the end of the season.
“This season, I want to establish myself in the first team, get more game time and show everyone what I can do,” said the 17-year-old. “I’ve grown up with most of the players when I used to live near them.
“It’s weird to play with them now, but I reckon it helps because they can guide me.
Allen, who can operate anywhere across the midfield, missed pre-season last summer because of a fractured ankle before going on to make eight starts and one substitute appearance for Team Bury in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division, netting one goal.
“It’s good to have competition with Liam (Wales) on the right because I’ve known him for ages,” said the teenager. “I need to be consistent.
“If people start to see above-average consistency with performances, it should put me into the team automatically.”