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CONFIRMED: Joe Skarz returns to Bury!

Promotion winning left-back returns to Gigg Lane for a second spell...

1 June 2017

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Bury FC are delighted to announce that Joe Skarz has re-joined the Club after parting company with Oxford United by mutual consent.

Huddersfield born Joe began his career with his home town club in 2006. A product of the Huddersfield youth system, Joe made his First Team debut in November 2006 and went on to make 68 appearances for the Terriers before being released at the end of the 2009-10 season.

Joe joined Bury in June 2010 and achieved promotion to League One in his first year with the Club. He was an instrumental part of a successful Bury side which saw him sign a new deal before his first year at Gigg Lane had finished. As a result of his successful season, Joe was named in the League Two PFA Team of the Year.

He made 145 appearances for the Shakers, scoring five goals, before he was released by the Club at the end of the 2012-13 season, with the Club in financial meltdown.

Joe signed for Rotherham United, with whom he had enjoyed a loan spell prior to leaving Bury. He spent a further two seasons in Yorkshire, where he collected his second promotion winning medal as Rotherham won promotion to the Championship via the 2014 play-off final.

Joe left Rotherham in January 2015 to join Oxford United, where his spell with the U’s brought another promotion winning medal to add to his collection, as well as a further 105 appearances to add to his career tally.

27-year-old Joe re-joins the Shakers after putting pen to paper on a two-year deal, with the option for a third year.

Manager Lee Clark said:

“Joe is another player that has an affinity with the Club and I’ve also got a good relationship with him after being his Manager at Huddersfield, so I know what we are getting with him. He’s a very experienced player having played numerous games, he’s a very accomplished player.

“Joe has played at left-back, but can also play as a left-sided centre-half and, for me, that’s a big factor. I want players that can be versatile. We are not going to be carrying the same number of players as last season.

“Joe is accomplished at left-back and he can challenge Greg Leigh, but he can also give us that cover as a left-sided centre-half which is a big factor. He’s done very well with Oxford, with two appearances at Wembley, he understands the pressure.

“Again, Carrington has played a big part in getting Joe here, he arrived to have a look around and was blown away with what he saw. He’s another great addition and another piece of what we are trying to do here.”

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