David Healy on why he joined Bury and what can we expect
“I spoke to the previous manager a few weeks ago to see if there was interest in me. Obviously it has been well documented that I went to Preston for a few days training but things haven’t worked out there. People say don’t burn your bridges when you leave a club, things happen in football and we move on, but I am grateful to Bury FC for taking me.
I spoke to the manager and to Trevor Carson, who I know from Sunderland and with Brian the chairman and everything was done pretty smoothly and quickly, now I am just glad to be here.
I think the previous manager would have liked to have brought me in but he had a few options with Mark Cullen coming in from Hull City. It was a brief conversation. I just wanted to get back in and playing, to be involved. I want to be back enjoying football and enjoying training. Peter Shirtliff was able to give me that opportunity and I am grateful to be here.
I know the area and I know the club. It feels like I have had a season here already because I played here for Manchester United reserves. I’ve played around 50 games here for them so I know the stadium. I’m going to be moving close by so it was an easy option for me.
I know some of the lads, I know Adam Lockwood from Doncaster because I spent a couple of months there. I know Sodje from playing against him, though he’s still trying to convince everyone he’s 29. I played against him in one of my very first games for Preston and probably still owe him a fore arm smash. These lads have played at good levels, the likes of the captain Steven Schumacher and Peter Sweeney. They are good honest pros and that’s what a club like Bury needs.
There are a lot of young lads as well and that’s good and refreshing for the club. Bury probably lose out to the bigger North West clubs in the area in finding new talent, but they have always done well in producing new home grown talent and making money by selling people on. Hopefully these young boys can learn a lot from the older lads. They can go on and have a good career.
I haven’t done that much in pre-season, which is disappointing for me. There was a little bit of indecision and I had other options that I could have taken. It was a family decision that I would settle in the North West. In the last four years I’ve been to London, Newcastle and Glasgow – it’s a bit unfair on my kids, so we have agreed to settle in the North West.
You come into a new club; first and foremost you want to impress the players that you are playing with. Anyone can come into a club with a reputation, but it’s about proving it. Now it’s about me proving it to them on the training pitch then on a Saturday or a Tuesday. It’s about me proving to these lads that this is why the manager brought me in.
I’m still hungry to play, I want to score goals and I am up for the challenge. This is the lowest level I have played at, but I am looking forward to it. I am very much grateful for the chance. I know the area and the wife’s family are from the Prestwich area. It’s a great opportunity for my family to come and see me play, especially for my kids.
It’s a big part of it and Bury has always been a great family club. It’s a new challenge and one I look forward to. Hopefully I will bring goals, speaking to Peter Shirtliff on Wednesday night and I promised him goals, hopefully that doesn’t come back to bite me, but I was impressed by hm. He spoke very well about the club and where the club wants to go. Obviously he hasn’t got in on a permanent basis, but he was very upbeat and I know the lads were very disappointed that they didn’t get a result the other night at Doncaster, but they have to remember that last season, Doncaster were a championship club, they do have good experience in their side.
It a one year deal, but if I am playing and enjoying it, then we will look at it. I’ve spent around 20 years being in and out of clubs, good clubs, challenging for titles. At Rangers I was kept out of the side by talent in front of me. But I am certainly up for this challenge. It’s easy to say when you come into a club, but I am 33 and could end my career here.”
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