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Two terrific signings

24 August 2012

Peter Shirtliff chats about new arrivals, injuries and looks forward to Coventry City on Saturday

“Looking back on the Doncaster game, I can still say that we are all a little aggrieved on the result, but having said that, things like that happen in football.  We have to learn from that and make sure we don’t find ourselves in those circumstances again.

Hopefully it will fire the boys up knowing they have been dealt something wrong like that.  We have to put it behind us and concentrate on Coventry now.  We’ve only had two games, on another day we might be say here with four points, or even two points.  It’s all ifs, buts and maybes – all we can do is get on with things and keep the performance levels high, hopefully get a bit of luck and get a couple of wins.

Since Tuesday we’ve managed to get two new faces in and first of all I am really pleased that the club have allowed this to happen.  Shane Byrne has always been a target; he’s been one of our targets since he was here on loan last season.  We’ve tried to sign him before now but the opportunity came this week and we’ve taken it.

David Healy came out of the blue to be honest.  Obviously when a player of his quality and pedigree becomes available, you have to try and do something about it.  He’s friendly with Trevor Carson from his Sunderland days and he was at Doncaster with Adam Lockwood.  All I have heard is good things about him.  Having spoken to the chairman he was keen that we do something with it, so we managed to get the thing done.

Shane Byrne is a young hungry kid that can only get better and better.  He did well last season and is only 19 years old. He can only improve, get fitter and stronger playing against better players rather than a development side.  I think he’s a terrific signing for us.

He knows this league from his spell last year, he performed creditably last season so there is no problems with him fitting I in.  He understood the situation at Leicester City when they have the funds to sign experienced international players, then he is only going to slide down the pecking order and I think that was the situation there.

From that players move on, circumstances change and he has come to us.  He will certainly figure in the games throughout the rest of the season.  He’s settled and from speaking to him, I know he is chuffed to bits to be back with us.

David Healy’s record speaks for himself.  He’s experienced and will be very good for the young strikers that we have the club.  Lenell John-Lewis and Lateef Elford-Alliyu are both young players and they will certainly learn a lot from David.  Bish is a different type and it won’t affect him too much, Mark Cullen as well will learn from having a player like David Healy around.

It’s a terrific signing and we are all really excited about it, hopefully now he can start bagging some goals for us.  You can’t have enough good strikers; we still haven’t got the biggest squad in the world.  For Saturday, we’ve got 15 outfield players that have the experience available.  When everyone is fit and running, hopefully soon, then we will have the competition for places.

Training on Thursday was fantastic, sharp and the lads look eager to get on with the game on Saturday.  The biggest impression I got from David Healy was that he was hungry, wants to do well for the team and wants to stay around for longer than the year.

In fairness to him, it wasn't about money.  He wanted to come and to play, he’s keen to get back into the international side and if he plays regular football he will certainly do that.  For me if he stays fit it can only be good, it’s a great signing for Bury Football Club.


He has good vision and great experience and I think the fans will be excited about him.  His arrival has given the club a lift, it’s a different dimension.

We have better news on David Worrall, it’s not a fracture – which we feared, and it’s a soft tissue injury which will be quicker.  It’s not anywhere near so we have to count our blessings.

If you want to play at a higher level, then you are going to get tough games, and they don’t come any tougher than Coventry away, it’s as simple as that.  There are no easy fixtures.  Sheffield United was there on Tuesday and drew 1-1, it will be a large crowd for this league in a stunning stadium on a good pitch, but we showed at Doncaster than we can stand up and be counted.  We have to do that again on Saturday.”

Click here to view the full video interview with Shirty on Shakers Player


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