Scowcroft: ‘My pro days are over’

JAMES Scowcroft admits that he is currently at a “crossroads” in his career.

The former Ipswich Town striker recognises that his days as a professional footballer are probably over, despite having a number of offers from northern-based clubs over the summer.

Instead, Scowcroft is looking short-term to help with the dramatic rise of his home-town club Bury Town, and then long-term at a career in coaching or management.

The 34-year-old made his Bury debut as a second-half substitute in the 0-0 draw at Wealdstone last weekend, before making his home debut in Tuesday night’s exciting 2-2 draw against Cray Wanderers.

“It’s hard now for me to get back into the professional game,” admitted Scowcroft.

“I’ve probably had my time, and I’m not complaining at all. Whether I’ll be carrying on playing for a whole season or a couple more seasons, or whatever, I don’t know yet.

“I’d like to coach and manage eventually, so we’ll see. I’m at the stage of my life where I am at a bit of a crossroads.”

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Scowcroft played more than 500 senior games, for Ipswich Town, Leicester City, Coventry, Crystal Palace and Leyton Orient during a distinguished career.

The target man was best known for his days at Portman Road. He scored 48 league goals in just over 200 appearances for Town, between 1994 and 2001, and also won five England caps at under-21 level.

But his career stalled last year, with a frustrating spell at Leyton Orient, during which he failed to score in 30 outings. Now he is focusing on adjusting to life outside the Football League.

“I had a few options over the summer. There were a few clubs I could probably have moved up north to,” revealed Scowcroft.

“But where my family is now, I’m not going to go down that road. I’ve had 18 years in the professional game, so I’ve throughly enjoyed it.”

Bury-born Scowcroft was introduced as a 60th minute substitute for his Bury debut against Cray Wanderers, and he came close to stealing a last-minute winner with one of his trademark headers.

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