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Search Party for Centre-Back

3 March 2016

David Flitcroft is on the search for a centre-half to sign on loan for Saturday.

Bury manager David Flitcroft has admitted that he is on the look out for a centre-half to bring in before Saturday’s game against Bradford City due to depleted numbers in that position.

However, he has admitted that it has been a struggle due to club’s being less likely to let go of their under-21 players due to the development league having prize money involved.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s match against Bradford City, David Flitcroft said: “If I said to you we had looked at, spoke to and spoke about around 40 centre-halves and have been knocked back on every single one, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration.

“We are looking to bring someone in ready for Saturday’s game, yesterday we were busy on the phone’s, we were busy as a team looking at recruiting which is nothing new over the last couple of weeks.

“It’s a really difficult period to recruit in, under-21 players have coaches who are worried about league position now because you do get prize money for the under-21 leagues, so they now don’t want to lose their best players.

“Whereas it used to be quite easy to get under-21 players out of team’s because they wanted them to get that experience.

“When you look around the country and at the players playing in the Premiership for example; Jermain Defoe, Harry Kane, Ross Barkley, they all went out on loan. Most of the top players up and down the country have always gone out to get experience, but they are now being more reserved to do that.”

Flitcroft has then explained that it is made even harder for them to find players because other club’s are also looking for players in the same position.

He admits it is especially hard to compete with the bigger teams in Sky Bet League One who have ‘bigger budgets and resources’ than the Shakers have at their disposal.

Although, he is ecstatic that he has found a makeshift defender in vice-captain Tom Soares - who impressed while playing at centre-half during Tuesday night’s game - that he will be able to use in certain games from now until the end of the season due to captain Nathan Cameron’s season ending knee injury.

He said: “I can’t tell you how much we’ve struggled over the past 4-6 weeks trying to bring in a centre-half knowing Nathan Cameron’s problem.

“Everyone is in the same market, there’s bigger clubs with better budgets and resources that are vying for these players and they are getting them.

“I’m not going to get in a bidding war for a player. We can afford what we can afford and i won’t get into a bidding war with some of the big hitters in this league, so we have lost out on five or six potential recruits for all over the pitch.

“We’ll continue to be patient, but when you see a performance like what Tom Soares put in as centre-half it’s really given us food for thought because in certain games we can choose to play him in there.”

David Flitcroft’s pre-match interview will be available on Shakers PlayerHD tomorrow (Friday) morning. 

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