16-year-old Will Ferry has become the latest success story from the Shakers highly acclaimed academy system after he sealed a move to Premier League side Southampton following the payment of an undisclosed six-figure sum.
Will, who has been with the Shaker's academy since the age of 7, has improved tenfold since first arriving with the club some 10 years ago. Technically skilful, with a firm knowledge of the game, Will has shown nothing but a fantastic work ethic and dedication since he first donned a Bury shirt.
Such was his progress within the Academy, midfielder Will made his debut for the Youth team whilst still playing for the academy under-15 side, and went on to complete nine games for the under-18's last season.
His progress has been closely monitored by scouts from up and down the country over the last few years and he was a regular within first team training sessions. Will was also named as an unused sub for the Shakers final game of last season at Southend United.
International honours have also followed for Will as he played for the Republic of Ireland under-18's in January. Will accepted and signed his scholarship papers for the Youth team for the forthcoming season, but will now continue that scholarship at St Mary's with the Saints.
Our very best wishes are extended to Will as he begins this next step of what we know will be a successful career in the game. The deal that takes Will to the south coast, although undisclosed, will see the club benefit in the future depending on his continued success.
Will Ferry has become the sixth player to progress, in the last four years, from the academy to join clubs further up the leagues such as Matt Foulds (Everton), John Ruddy (Wolves), Liam Williams (Sheffield Wednesday), Jacob Bedeau (Aston Villa) and Emeka Obi (Liverpool).
Everyone at Bury Football Club would like to wish Will the best of luck at St Mary’s and thank him for his efforts whilst at Gigg Lane.