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Cian Bolger Looking for Game Time

21 March 2016

New recruit Cian Bolger has admitted his shock at being sent out on loan, but is looking forward to playing football again with the Shakers.

After captain and first choice defender Nathan Cameron was ruled out for the rest of the season at the end of February with a knee injury, a well publicised search for a centre-half by David Flitcroft started.

Central-defender Cian Bolger joined the Shakers on loan until the end of the season on Friday after training with the team on Thursday to end that narrative.

The Irish defender had himself been on a search for first team football before being given a run of games at his parent club Southend United due to injuries at the start of January. 

Ten games later however and he was dropped to the bench for the Shrimpers’ game against Barnsley, he was then subsequently sent out on loan to Gigg Lane.

This was a “bit of a surprise” for Cian after having seemingly fought back his place in the first team, although he admits he is now happy to be at Bury - somewhere he knows he will be able to get game time under his belt due to injuries.

Talking after his debut against Shrewsbury Town, he said: “Yeah it was a bit of a surprise to get the phone call to say they were going to let me come up here. I’ve been playing down there, was left out for one game and then the conversation was had, they then said they’d let me go. 

“I’m enjoying playing football again, I’ve been playing, but I wasn’t really happy sitting on the bench, so I’m up here and hopefully I can do my best for the boys.

“The facilities here are fantastic, the training ground speaks for itself. because it’s a club that is going in the right direction.”

Bolger admitted that it was hard coming into the squad at the back end of the week having had only two training sessions with his new team, and then going straight into a match playing a different system to what he is used to at Southend.

Although he did well - especially during the second half - with David Flitcroft calling his first game in a Bury shirt “a no nonsense defensive display”.

He is now looking forward to knuckling down during this week to make sure he and the other two Friday signings (Nathan Delfouneso and Chris Neal) go into Easter Friday’s game against Blackpool “full of confidence”.

He explained: “It’s a little difficult obviously coming in and playing a new system because it takes a bit of getting used to. It was a little different for me today, but i thought we did well and we can get a good training week under our belts and go into Blackpool full of confidence.

“It’s vital for us, there’s two or three of us through the door in the last day or two, so it’s vital for us to get to know how the manager works and how everybody works around the place and then we can build on that on Friday.”

Watch the full interview with Cian Bolger on Shakers PlayerHD below:

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