Bury Town boss Ben Chenery has assembled a bigger squad

Liam Wales, back at Bury Town after a spell with AFC Sudbury. Picture: RICHARD MARSHAM

Liam Wales, back at Bury Town after a spell with AFC Sudbury. Picture: RICHARD MARSHAM

Bury Town are blessed with a big squad, ahead of the new season, which begins with a Bostik North home match against one of their bogey teams, Romford, at Ram Meadow tomorrow afternoon (3pm).

Blues boss Ben Chenery was busy in the transfer market during pre-season, despite a limited budget and tough competition for players from Suffolk rivals such as Leiston, Needham Market, AFC Sudbury and newly-promoted Mildenhall.

Chenery has bolstered his squad with seven new recruits, while three others have been secured on permanent deals after loan spells with the West Suffolk club last term.

“We have been improving, points-wise and position-wise, in recent years, and we want to continue in that vein this season,” insisted Bury boss Chenery this afternoon.

“That’s why we made the decision to keep seven or eight of the players that had been with us last season and who I’ve worked with over the last couple of years.

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“We needed to also strengthen the squad. I wasn’t able to hand-pick the players that I wanted, because there is quite a bit of competition in Suffolk, but I’m happy with who we have brought in.

“We have got quite a big squad, which we needed, because we suffered a little last season with a squad of just 16 or so, which soon became stretched due to injuries in the lead-up to Christmas.

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“This weekend is a good first game for us, at home. There should be a good crowd, and we’re looking to start with three points, although Romford have been a bit of a bogey side for us recently,” added Chenery.

Last season’s loanees Leon Ottley-Gooch (Leiston), Ollie Fenn (Needham Market) and Kyran Clements (AFC Sudbury) have all signed permanent deals.

Those new players coming in include keeper James Bradbrook, recruited on a season-long loan from Needham Market, Darren Mills (from Maldon & Tiptree) and 17-year-old Tommy Robinson (from Cornard).

Experienced defender David Cooper (former Mildenhall stalwart) and Luis Tibbles (ex-Wroxham, Sudbury and Kirkley & Parkefield) have arrived, while striker Cemal Ramadan and front-runner Liam Wales have returned to the club for second spells.

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