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Hanson Joins the Shakers

3 January 2018

Bury Football Club is delighted to announce that striker James Hanson has signed on loan until 30th May 2018...

Hanson joins the Shakers on loan until the end of the season from Championship side Sheffield United.

Hanson has made fifteen appearances in all competitions for the Blades since joining them in January last year.

During the 2016/17 season, he forged an effective partnership with Billy Sharp and became a key member of the squad which eased their way to the League One title. He hasn't featured in Chris Wilder's side this season after limping off with a muscle injury during their Carabao Cup tie against Walsall on 9th August.

30-year-old Hanson joined Sheffield United from Bradford City, after spending seven and a half years at Valley Parade.

During his time with the Bantams, James made over 300 appearances and scored 91 goals in all competitions. Hanson scored his first goal for Bradford on 22nd August 2009, in a 5–4 victory away at Cheltenham Town. He won the Player of the Season award during his first season.

He went on to become Bradford's top goalscorer for the 2009-10, 2011-12, 2015-16 seasons and helped them reach the League Cup final and win promotion from League Two in 2013.

Hanson joined Bradford from non-league Guiseley in July 2009 and scored 77 goals in 281 league appearances.

Chris Lucketti spoke of his delight, stating “James Hanson is a striker that I have admired for a number of years, he's always done well against the sides I've worked for in the past. He should be a great addition to the squad.

We've been lacking goals and James has been brought in to help us in that department. He's a leader and he has a great presence so I'm sure the lads will enjoy playing with him.

His scoring record is up there with the best strikers and he'll give you that physical and aerial presence. I'm excited and delighted to have signed him.”

Today we spoke with James who added: “I'm looking forward to getting going and playing some games. I had a number of other offers but I was really excited by this challenge. Looking at the squad here there are so many good individual players and I'm looking forward to working with Chris Lucketti.

I'm here to play some games and have a really good go and I can't wait to get going. Plymouth on Saturday that will be a tough game, but we have to go there and have a good go and see what happens.”

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