Bury’s Assistant Manager is pleased with the dealings made during the window and the direction the club is going in.
As the January Transfer window closed on Monday night, the only dealings from the club saw loanee Adam El-Abd extend his stay until the end of the season.
However, Assistant Manager Chris Brass is keen to point out that it’s better to have your dealing done early than be sucked into a mad rush. More importantly the management team are happy with the squad they have, after bringing in a number of key players in the summer.
Chris is also pleased that clubs in higher divisions are taking interest in a number of players within the squad, because it shows they are obviously doing something right.
Talking ahead of Saturday’s game on Wednesday, Chris said: “We did a lot of our business in the summer, and realistically we are where we are in terms of the squad and things.
“There was a little bit of speculation about some of the players in our squad, which is pleasing because eighteen months ago there was no takers whereas now we are starting to get people interested.
“The pleasing thing is that we’re not in a position to get rid of anybody, but when we walked into the club the plan was to develop players.
“We’ve got to produce players for the club to get better and in respect to their careers; you are not going to stand in anyone’s way of going higher as long as it’s right for Bury Football Club.
“Having seen how the structure of the club was previously, where you had to get rid of a player to balance the books, it is different now as we are developing players to make the club stronger going forward.”
Even though there was no moves for any players during the window, they are still expecting clubs to be following the progress and development of the players at the club.
He has the opinion that you can’t hold back a player from testing themselves in higher leagues, it is about having the strategy in which you already have a target in mind to replace them with or already have a replacement ready and waiting at the club.
He said: “I think people are monitoring it, even in respect to our players they’re still developing and people will keep an eye on them to see how they evolve and if they can handle it in higher divisions or whether the club moves on.
“The pleasing thing is that the players don’t want to go, they are happy here. However, there does come a time where you have to be a realist and think that it’s time for you to move on because it’s right for you and right for the club.
“The key is being ahead of the game, if you watch any good teams evolve there actual strategy is that you have the readymade replacement before you let the other one move on. We’re not quite there yet, but we’re working on it.”
One surprise departure on Monay was the mutual termination of goalkeeper Shwan Jalal, who was bought into the club as a first team regular. However, an injury he picked up in the Capital One Cup tie at Bolton Wanderers had stopped him from getting back in the side and it was seen as the right decisions for both parties.
On the departure of Shwan, Chris said: “He was brought in as the number one ‘keeper initially, and then Rob Lainton went on a good run of form which certainly made him challenge to be number one.
“Seeing how Rob’s emerging and developing gave us a quandary, plus the fact we had the opportunity of bringing Nick Pope in, stopped Shwan being a part of the first team.
“It was only fair to him and the club that we drew a line in the sand. It allows him to move on, because we’re more than happy with the options we have.
“You can’t carry three keepers in a squad, especially with added bonus of the emergence of Jack Ruddy coming through from the youth team.
“We’re doing things right in terms of development and unfortunately Shwans become a victim of that.”
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