Former Ipswich Town defender Joe Whight set for centre-back role at Bury

Joe Whight has signed for Bury Town. Picture: James Ager

Joe Whight has signed for Bury Town. Picture: James Ager

Bury Town boss Richard Wilkins has revealed he plans to utilise new signing Joe Whight as a centre-back this season.

The former Ipswich Town youngster, who played for the majority of his career with the Championship club as a left-back, put pen-to-paper on a deal at Ram Meadow this week, following his release from Portman Road at the end of last season.

Wilkins has already signed Corby forward Ryan Semple, Chelmsford midfielder Dave Bridges and Leiston defender Seb Dunbar who is expected to be the Blues’ first-choice left-back next season.

“We have been looking for a centre-back and we contacted Joe early on (in pre-season),” said Wilkins.

“He has been on trial at a couple of league clubs but he kept us informed as to his plans and I spoke to a couple of players that went elsewhere.

“Joe can play in a variety of positions, centre-half being one of them and that’s where we plan to use him initially.

“He can also play in midfield. He has got great versatility and I am chuffed to have him on board.”

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Meanwhile, Wilkins has explained the difficulties he has faced trying to add new additions to his squad.

“It’s been a very difficult summer,” said Wilkins.

“We’ve spoken to a lot of players but there seems to be a lot of money being thrown around by the Suffolk clubs.

“It seems to be a players’ market at the moment with a number of teams fishing in the same pond.”

He added: “People say players sign for the money and if that is the case, I don’t blame the player. If they can earn more money elsewhere than staying at a certain club then they will look to do that.”

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