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Flitcroft: Players May Need to Leave

8 January 2016

David Flitcroft says that the Shakers may need players to move on before they can bring new players in.

Bury have looked very short in numbers over recent weeks due to having an injury ravaged squad, with this in mind Bury manager David Flitcroft has confirmed they are looking to bring new players in.


Although, he has explained that it is not as easy as some believe and the club will possibly have to see players move on to make way for new players to come in.


Speaking ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Bradford City, David Flitcroft said: “With the injuries we’ve had over the past four or five weeks it’s important that we try and bring some potential signings to fruition.


“However, it’s not easy because a January transfer window is never easy. You’re usually trying to wrestle with clubs, wrestle with players and different deals.


“It does go on for quite a while and we’ve been wrestling with that over the past two or three weeks really with different deals we have been trying to put together, but it just takes time.


“I’m a realist and I understand that we have a certain squad size, and we’ll need a couple of players shipped out to get some recovery on wages.”


Flitcroft was quick to point out that this isn’t as sinister as it may sound, because it is always the aim of a club in the lower leagues of English football to be able to create players that they can make a profit on in the future.


He feels with the players he has worked with in the past, he is a suitable position to see that plan for the club materialise and in fact we have already seen the fruits of his labour having sold Youth Team prospect Matty Foulds to Everton for an undisclosed fee at the start of this month.


However, he also accepts that it is a fine line because holding on to the clubs best players is the way the club will achieve its goals of promotion to the Championship.


He explained: “A part of the plan when we first came in was to add value to our players. I knew being a development coach with 10 years of experience that you can add value to players.


“I’ve seen that in the past with the likes of Ricardo Vaz Te, Will Buckley, Adam Le Fondre, John Stones, Scott Goldbourne, Craig Davies and Chris O’Grady. I wanted to do that here and that’s what we’ve started doing with the likes of Matty Foulds.


“We know that we are a club that at times will struggle to hold onto our best players, I think that’s the reality of any football club.


“If we do receive bids for players it’ll be up to the football club and the board whether they want to accept those bids or hang on to them and help drive that Championship dream we’ve got.


“However it does prove difficult because if you’ve got very good players the best teams in this League and the Championship will want them.”

Watch the interview with David Flitcroft on Shakers PlayerHD later this morning.


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