Chenery hails arrival of Simpson at Ram Meadow
Manager Ben Chenery believes new signing Gareth Simpson has all of the attributes to become a key member of the Bury Town squad next season.
The 38-year-old agreed a switch to the Blues earlier this week, having recently opted to leave neighbouring Mildenhall Town following a three-season stint at Recreation Way.
And he has already made a big impression on Chenery during recent pre-season training sessions, both in terms of his fitness levels and ability on the ball.
“Gareth has a lot of experience and is one of the types of senior players that we really needed,” said the Bury boss.
“He was at the front during a lot of our fitness testing and when we got the footballs out he also showed his quality.
“He is knowledgeable about the game and is going to be well liked by the lads.
“We bring a lot of young players through here, aged between 18 and 21, and we like to think we make them better footballers.
“But you need some elder statesmen to help bring them on and offer support – Gareth will do that.
“He will also enable us to be more stable in the middle of the pitch. Instead of drawing 1-1 or losing 2-1, his experience might help us nick tight games.”
Simpson could make his first appearance in Bury colours during their friendly on Monday – a hastily arranged clash against a Colchester United XI at Maldon & Tiptree’s Park Drive ground (7.30pm).
That is followed on Wednesday evening by a trip to Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division side Hadleigh United (7.45pm).
Meanwhile, the draw for this season’s FA competitions has dealt Bury one home tie and one away trip.
In the FA Cup the Blues will travel to Waltham Abbey in the Preliminary Round on August 25, while on September 29 they will play host to Horsham in the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Trophy.
As for their 2018/19 Bostik League North Division campaign, Bury will open up on August 11 at Felixstowe & Walton United.
They will host AFC Sudbury on New Year’s Day, with Heybridge Swifts their visitors on the final day (April 27).