New signing Connor Hall fit and raring to go at Bury Town
Connor Hall has experienced the highs and lows of a footballer, over the last couple of years, but now he is ready to resurrect his career back at his old club Bury Town.
Hall was in dream-land, when then-Conference club Cambridge United agreed to sign the left-sided specialist following some eye-catching performances for the Ram Meadow club towards the end of the 2012-13 season.
However, Hall’s anticipated move to the Abbey Stadium was delayed, due to long-term injury, and now he is back to square one.
It has taken the 21-year-old more than a year to bounce back from crippling hip problems, which required four operations.
Cambridge, promoted back to the Football League at the end of last season, thanks to a play-off final win over Gateshead, have decided not to sign Hall for the coming campaign.
Instead, he has agreed to move back to Bury, with caretaker boss Ben Chenery currently in charge following former manager Richard Wilkins’ departure last month.
“I’m back at Bury, and I’m fit and raring to go. If pre-season started tomorrow, then I’d be ready,” enthused Hall last night.
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“All my problems began with a knee injury, which required an operation. I began to experience pain in my hips, around Christmas time (2012), to the extent that I was in agony at the end of games.
“It got to the point, in March (2013), where I just couldn’t keep playing. I’ve since had four operations in total, on my hips. It had looked like I would be signing for Cambridge – that was what was agreed – but I guess them winning promotion changed things a little.
“They said that it wouldn’t be fair for me to join them for pre-season, at their level. They basically didn’t want me, though I don’t think it would have done any harm for them to see how I shaped up in pre-season.
“I had already had a chat with Ben Chenery, before Cambridge told me of their decision, and had told him that I would be happy to sign for Bury again.
“I just want to start enjoying my football again,” added Hall, a West Suffolk College graduate.
Bury Town were dogged by problems, on and off the pitch, during the second half of last season, prompted by a financial crisis which resulted in delays in the payment of wages for several players and staff.
The Blues slipped from Ryman Premier play-off contenders, to the lower half of the table, while several club stalwarts left, including David Bridges, Shane Tolley, Ryan Semple and Russell Short.
Wilkins decided to end his 14-year reign as manager at the end of the campaign, while long-standing skipper Tom Bullard left last week, to join Leiston Town.
But on the plus side, chairman Russell Ward and caretaker boss Chenery have taken swift steps to bolster the squad for next term.
In addition to the capture of Hall, the Blues have retained the services of left-back Seb Dunbar and striker Billy Clark (currently injured) on new contracts, as well as signing striker Jack Brame and centre-half Nathan Clarke from Walsham Le Willows, and front-runner Demi Garrett from Ipswich Wanderers.
“It’s certainly not all doom and gloom at the club,” confirmed Hall.
“I was obviously gutted that Wilks (Wilkins) left, because he had such a massive influence on my career, but Ben was the assistant when I was there first time and he’s a top man.
“I’m still young and I obviously want to get my career back on track, because I still have ambitions to play at a higher level,” concluded Hall.