Bury Town confirm John Sands has handed in a transfer request

John Sands

John Sands - Credit: James Ager

Bury Town striker John Sands has handed in a transfer request at the club, as we revealed first yesterday.

Sands has scored his fair share of goals at Ram Meadow since joining in December 2011 but is now said to want a move – with plenty of clubs showing interest.

Last season’s top scorer in the Ryman Premier League with 27 goals and 33 in all competitions, Sands, 26, is believed to be on the radar of a number of high profile clubs in the region, including Lowestoft Town and AFC Sudbury.

It is not the first time the prolific striker has been targeted by other clubs.

Towards the back end of last season, there were a host of Football League sides vying for the talisman.

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But for one reason or another a move never materialised.

Sands has endured a frustrating season at Bury so far this campaign, picking up numerous injuries that have seen him sidelined.

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However, despite that, he has scored seven goals in the league this season – just four behind leading goalscorer, Frannie Collin of Maidstone United.

Sands, who recently posted his very own ‘John Sands; A compilation of goals’ video on his Twitter page @scoresforfun, had to settle for a place on the bench in Bury’s 2-0 win over Dereham Town in the FA Trophy on Saturday, after coming back from a troublesome groin injury.

As well as Ryman clubs Lowestoft and Sudbury, Conference Premier outfit Woking are also believed to have expressed an interest in the striker.

Bury boss Richard Wilkins refused to be drawn into commenting on the situation.

“It’s the same boat with any player,” he said.

“If a bid comes in and it’s right for the player and the club, then there’s always a chance something might happen.

“It’s no secret that John wants to play at a higher level, which every play should do, he’s a confident lad who is very good on his day.

“It’s the same with any player, if they leave the club, we’ll thank them for their efforts and wish them all the best.”

Sands refused to comment on the rumours on Monday.

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