Bury Town boss Ben Chenery will give West Suffolk College youngsters a chance in Ryman Premier this season

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New Bury Town manager Ben Chenery insists he will not be afraid to blood more youngsters in the Blues’ first team this season, but believes any selection will have to be made sensibly.

Ryman League Premier Division outfit Town have a link with Team Bury, the Thurlow Nunn Division One side which consists mainly of players from West Suffolk College where Chenery, and former boss Richard Wilkins, are staff members of the sports academy.

Last season, the likes of Liam Wales, Ross Bailey and Ryan Taylor made the step up to feature in the first XI at Ram Meadow, and former assistant manager Chenery wants to develop the relationship for the good of both parties.

“We need to tweak one or two things but the progress between the two has been good,” said Chenery, who confirmed that he would still be working closely with Wilkins.

“There has to be that ambition if you are playing for Team Bury to push on towards the first team and that is achievable, as Richard (Wilkins) proved when he was manager.

“There is a lot of potential in the Team Bury squad, I work with some of those lads on a daily basis and they have bright futures, but any step up has to be managed sensibly.

“The youngsters have a lot to learn. They have a lot of enthusiasm but that has to be harnessed in the right way and with the right coaching.

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“It would be nice if more playuers came through sooner rather than later but it has to be right for both parties and the players have to be fully committed.

Meanwhile, former Ipswich Town and Notts County defender Callum Bennett has become the 13th player to sign on to play at Ram Meadow next season.

The youngster made 19 appearances for Bury last season, after joining during the second half of the campaign, and his signing comes hot on the heels of goalkeeper Marcus Garnham’s decision to re-sign.

The experienced stopper, who also played for Woodbridge Town, turned down a move to newly-promoted Conference North side Lowestoft Town, to stay with the Blues.

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