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Five Youngsters Sign Pro Deals

18 February 2015

Youth team prospects Anthony Dudley, Jack Ruddy, Scott Burgess, Marcus Poscha and Matthew Foulds have all signed professional deals with the club.

Bury Football Club are delighted to announce that first team manager David Flitcroft, has put faith in the clubs growing youth department by giving no less than five youngsters professional deals to give them a chance to force their way into the first team set-up in the near future.

Bury's Director of Youth, Ian Kendall spoke of his delight at the club showing such faith in the academy system at the club.

Ian said: "It is a credit to everyone in the youth and academy department that we can announce this news. It's absolutely brilliant that we have got to the point where we have five youth players that are deemed at a high enough quality to be given professional contracts at the club.

"A number of these players have been at our academy for a number of years, and have been looked at by a number of high profile clubs. It's great that we have them here for the future of the club, and it's important to remember that not every club  has a manager that takes such a keen interest in the youth set up."

We asked youth team manager, Ryan Kidd, to give us an in-depth analysis of each player that has been signed for you to read below.

The five players are:

Jack Ruddy

A 17 year-old Scottish international who is at the club as a first year scholar. He initially came to the club on trial, but impressed with some strong performances in the net of the under 18s.

He has been on the bench for several first team games as of late and was seen as second choice goalkeeper behind Nick Pope while Rob Lainton was recovering from injury.

On Jack, Youth Team manager Ryan Kidd, said: “As soon as he came in we knew we had to sign him. We beat off some strong competition from some good clubs, but Jack’s plan was always to come to a lower league team with the opportunity to get first team football sooner than maybe he would do at an academy club. I have to commend him for that.

“He’s a very strong character, he’s about 6”1” at the moment with potential to grow to 6”3”, and in terms of today’s goalkeepers that’s about average.

“He’s a fantastic trainer with a great attitude, he wants to develop and push himself. Like I said he has a plan and he works extremely hard to improve himself and get that first team chance.”

Anthony Dudley

18 year-old Anthony Dudley is a strong striking prospect after impressing for the youth team during the past two seasons.

Ryan Kidd believes he is a good prospect for the future, he said: “You look at his goal tally last season, I think he scored 25 and this season he’s on 21 goals from 21 games. He’s very cool, with good technical ability.

“He’s more of a player that can do damage in and around the box, if a chance falls on either side 9 times out of 10 he’ll trouble the goalkeeper with both feet.

“He needs to improve a little bit on his hold-up play, I think he’d be the first to admit that, but he’d got a good football brain on him, he can read the game and his work rate is up massively this year.

“He’s working across the front line, he’s closing down and he’s also scoring goals. He’s become a massive team player and he’s very influential at the youth team level.” 

Matty Foulds

Another first-year scholar, the 16 year old is a versatile left-footed central defender who has been frequently training with the first-team during the week and playing with the youth team on a Saturday.

On Matty, Ryan Kidd, said: “We knew of his promise from his time with the under-16s, the thing with Matty was that he is slightly under-developed especially in his top half.

“We thought it would take about 12 months for him to even start training with the first team but I was wrong. He’s now training with them regularly, he’s still improving his upper body but he’s getting there.

“He’s very technical with a cool and calm nature on the ball, he’s got a good temperament.

“Defensively he’s getting a lot better especially his strength. I think he’s going to be very versatile, he can play left-sided center half and he could even play left-back, so for a manager he becomes one of them golden nuggets in terms of not needing as many players in those positions as cover with someone like him in the squad.”

Scott Burgess

A 17 year old midfielder who is technically very strong, but Ryan Kidd believes he needs to improve his physical presence a little bit.

He said: “Scott is technically very sound, if you watch him with the first team he doesn’t struggle at all technically. The only problem with Scott at the moment is his size, he’s an August birthday which means he’s missed out on being a first year scholar by two weeks.

“We have to wait for him to mature physically but he’s mobile, technically very sound and he can score goals as well. 

“In terms of his style of play he can come deep, he can play make, but also we have to get him bombing forward a little bit more to nick a couple more goals.

“I think a player of his ability, he should be in double figures from midfield and he has the capability to do that, so I would like him to be a bit more of a box-to-box midfielder scoring more goals basically.”

Marcus Poscha

An 18-year old central defender, he made his first team debut for Bury at the end of last season against Hartlepool.

Talking about Marcus, Ryan Kidd, said: “Marcus is very athletic, wise, very quick and strong defender, he’s solid in a one-on-one situation. He’s played a lot of centre-half in the youth team, but we’ve now earmarked him more towards an attacking right back role because he’s quite mobile, decent on the ball with a lot of athletic qualities in him.

“Marcus with this news now can hopefully settle down and progress. He needs to start pushing himself a little harder now in terms of training with the first team, which he does quite regularly, but he needs to make a statement to get within that first team set-up after making his debut from the bench against Morecambe last season.

“He looked fairly comfortable during that cameo, but he has a habit of just doing enough so we need to push him a bit more.”

Kidd believes that the youth academy at the club is looking very strong at the moment with “a few second-year scholars that have just missed out but are still good.”

He said: “We’ve got some talented first year scholars who this time next year will more than likely also have pro contracts. So the futures looking bright, and we have some under-16s that we’re very pleased with as well, who will be in my set-up next year and we’ve got some exciting under 15s as well.

“The youth departments looking very strong at the moment.”

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