Scowcroft harbours hope of return to Football League

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By Mark Williams

JAMES Scowcroft still harbours hope of a return to the Football League – as a manager.

The Blues’ midfielder, who scored his first headed goal in a Bury Town shirt on Tuesday, also believes the future is bright at Ram Meadow as the club strives for successive promotions.

After agreeing a game-by-game deal with the club in September, the former £3m England Under-21 star, has not only starred under match environments, but also on the training ground.

“I have taken a few sessions with the lads and I have enjoyed them,” said Scowcroft, who scored 100 goals during his 16-year professional career. “I really want to be a manager at the highest level if I can – certainly the Football League. I feel I have a lot to offer.”

Asked whether he could one day take charge at Ram Meadow, Scowcroft, who lives in Stanton, said: “Bury Town need to keep hold of Richard Wilkins. He is doing a great job here and because of him, there are many young, talented players coming through.”

For the time-being however, the Bury St Edmunds-born 35-year-old is happy playing what is proving a pivotal role in the Blues’ march towards Blue Square South football.

“It was a step into the unknown at first, but I have settled in really well,” said the former Ipswich Town and Crystal Palace striker. “There isn’t a big financial benefactor behind the scenes like there are at other clubs and whatever we achieve is through really hard work.

“We are second at the moment – five points off the top – so winning the league outright has to be the aim. There is no reason why we can’t do this with the players we have and the way we are playing.”

Scowcroft’s fitness is sure to be key to Bury’s success this season. Having already scored eight goals this term, the former targetman has also contributed heavily with a number of vital assists. His partnership alongside Neil Andrews in central midfield has proved a huge success – Scowcroft’s creativity complementing Andrews’ combative style.

“I’m enjoying my football,” he said. “We have had a few games of late where we should really have won after creating lots of chances, but gone on to lose or draw.

“But wins against Carshalton and Horsham this week have set us up nicely again. We have a big game at home against Lowestoft next week. It’s a local derby and they are a big club.”