Bury Town boss could include youth on bench against Carshalton
YOUNGSTERS Luke Ingram and Evan Key are likely to feature on the bench for Bury Town’s opener against Carshalton today as manager Richard Wilkins continues to be frustrated in the transfer market.
It has been a quiet summer for the Town boss in terms of bringing new faces in while the likes of Danny Cunningham and Lee Smith, both talented wide players, have departed for pastures new.
Wilkins however, who is in advanced talks with two players, is satisfied with the quality of players at his disposal as the club prepare for another tilt at promotion from the Ryman League Premier Division.
“It’s been a frustrating summer. We have lost a few players and are trying to bring people in but it is not quite happening at the moment,” admitted Wilkins.
“We are not a million miles away and we are in advanced talks with a couple of players but as things stand, I am happy with the quality I have got at the club and the calibre of player I can put out at this level.
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“We could do with two or three more bodies but there is no point filling the squad with people that are not as good as what is already there.
“I am certainly not panicking. I have 13 lads with a lot of experience at this level and some good youngsters. I think that’s okay.”
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Today’s opponents struggled to a 16th-placed finish in the Ryman Premier last season but have had a major overhaul of players this summer with several players leaving the club and the likes of former Cambridge United midfielder Ashley Carew and former Southend and Wimbledon forward Wayne Gray joining.
Wilkins is aware that if the formula manager Paul Dipre is planning comes to fruition, then the Surrey outfit will offer a dangerous proposition.
“Carshalton are always big spenders, they signed seven or eight players last summer but they never seemed to gel for whatever reason,” said Wilkins.
“But every club knows they are going to be a handful if they get it right. As we are concerned, we are at home and it is important we get off to a good start to the season.”