David Flitcroft believes the experience and wisdom new signing Paddy Kenny will bring to young goalkeeper Jack Ruddy is priceless.
Bury manager David Flitcroft has admitted that he was forced to sign a new keeper due to both current goalkeepers Daniel Bachmann (Austria) and Jack Ruddy (Scotland) being away on international duty until next week.
However, he believes he has hit a nugget of gold with the signing of ex-goalkeeper Paddy Kenny who had a spell with the Shakers early in his career. Although, after being without a club for a while, the Gaffer needed to make sure he still had that desire to carry on playing.
David Flitcroft explained the situation of Paddy Kenny signing for Bury to Shakers PlayerHD, after last Saturdays match: “It was an SOS call really, Paddy’s come out of the game and had not been able to find himself a club and obviously with our situation this week, we have absolutely no options available.
“When he came in, I wanted him to feel the environment and see how he felt about the project so he had five days with us.
“I needed to see him first hand because as soon as that hunger goes it’s hard to rejuvenate that, but he came in, he started making saves and throwing himself at things, it was just fantastic watching him putting himself in those positions.”
Flitcroft also believes that the experience he brings to the club will help Rob Lainton, Daniel Bachmann and Jack Ruddy - who are all relatively young goalkeepers - to improve their game.
This especially counts for highly rated Scottish youth international Jack Ruddy, who the Gaffer admits has dropped his form in training during recent weeks, therefore having Paddy there to guide Jack will help him improve.
David Flitcroft told Shakers PlayerHD: “He (Paddy Kenny) is a big influence in the dressing room, what was different was that Jack Ruddy has been conceding quite a few goals in training, so it’s great to see how Jack responded to it and saw how Paddy just shuts it out straight away, and goes again and again, but that comes with time.
“It was great to see Paddy go over to him, have a word in his ear to offer some words of wisdom, and some words of ‘I’ve been there as a young keeper so play nice and safe, you can’t do anything about it’ that was great to see.
“I’m delighted Paddy is here, because he’s answered an SOS call, and the experience he’s got is outstanding.”
The Shakers face Gillingham away from home on Saturday in Sky Bet League One, 3pm kick-off.