Bury Football Club are delighted to reveal the name of the clubs first signing for the 2016/17 season with former MK Dons central defender Antony Kay putting pen to paper at Gigg Lane.
Antony signed a one-year contract extension to his MK Dons deal last summer, extending his stay at Stadium:MK to four years.
He started his career in his childhood town, rising through the ranks at Barnsley to make 197 appearances during his seven year stay with the Tykes. At the end of the 2007/08 season the Yorkshire man made the switch to Tranmere Rovers and took up the role as a goal scoring midfield and quickly caught the attention of Huddersfield Town.
The ball playing defender was part of the Terrier squad to miss out in the play-offs in League 1 on two occasions before finally achieving promotion to the Championship at the end of the 2011/12 season. Since his move from Huddersfield, the defender has added a solid backbone to the Dons, clearly establishing himself as a first choice center-back for Karl Robinson’s side.
In the promotion-winning campaign of 2014/15, Kay missed just one league fixture through suspension and played a crucial role in the breaking of the club’s clean-sheet record, Antony also extended that run last season with a further 36 appearances for MK Dons.
33-year-old Kay joins the club with a wealth of experience, with 573 appearances under his belt thus far and has signed a two year deal.
Speaking this morning, manager Dave Flitcroft said:
“Antony is a player we have been pursuing for the last six months and I am absolutely delighted to reveal him as our first summer signing and have his signature on a contract for Bury FC.
We have been working on securing his services since Christmas, he is a player of great character and has the leadership qualities required to reduce our goals conceded stats for next season.”