20-year-old full back Niall Maher joined Bury over the summer after being released by neighbours Bolton Wanderers at the end of last season. Despite his age, Manchester born Niall had been involved with Bolton Wanderers for a decade, joining their Academy system as a ten-year-old.
Good progress saw the young defender loaned out to Blackpool during the 2014-15 season, where he made ten appearances making his début for the Seasiders as a second half substitute replacing former Shaker Peter Clarke in an unfortunate 7-2 defeat against Watford. His first team début for Bolton came towards the end of last season in a Championship defeat against Reading. In total, Niall has made a total of 15 appearances and joins the Shakers on a 12-month deal.