We are pleased to announce that midfielder Jacob Mellis is our fourth signing of the summer...
The 24-year-old has signed a 2-year deal with the Shakers after being released by Blackpool at the end of the season.
Jacob began his career as a trainee at Sheffield United, before joining Premier League club Chelsea for £1 million in the summer of 2007. He was a member of the Chelsea team that reached the final of the FA Youth Cup under manager Paul Clement in 2008. He left Stamford Bridge in 2012 signing for Barnsley, having spent 4-months on loan with the Tykes.
He enjoyed the best spell of his career at Barnsley under the management of Keith Hill and Bury Manager David Flitcroft, but he left Oakwell following the club's relegation to League One.
Today David Flitcroft spoke of his joy in securing Jacob’s signature, stating " I have brought Jacob to the Club as I feel he fits perfectly into the vision we have for our team
on the pitch and into the new DNA profile for a Bury player.
"Jacob has not yet reached his potential and it is our aim and desire to give him a home where he can fulfil that.
"I believe that he will create opportunities and score goals. He can improve us in all forward areas of the pitch with his creation and execution quality.
“I worked with Jacob at Barnsley where he was an instrumental player in helping us stay in the Championship. In the time I worked with him we built a very good relationship based on trust, and I believe that this was a major factor in Jacob coming to Bury.
"The environment which we have created here will suit Jacob’s needs. We have an outstanding support infrastructure here at Bury, not only with the staff but also with the players. We have players here who will have a major impact on Jacob’s future both on and off the pitch.”