We are delighted to announce that 18-year-old Douglas Nyaupembe, has signed a one-year professional contract, after continuing to impress with his hard work and infectious attitude.
Dougie has been part of the club's flourishing Youth and Academy set-up since U13 level. During his time at the club he has developed into a versatile player, that can play in a number of positions; he has experience as a centre-forward, a centre midfielder and currently plays at right-back.
Dougie is strong in one vs one defending and has made tremendous strides forward in improving his end product in the final third.
Such was his progress within the Youth Team this season; the right-back was made captain of Steven Schumacher's side in the Lancashire Senior Cup Final against Fleetwood, where the Shakers went on to lift the trophy.
Dougie also played a pivotal role throughout the Youth Team's superb FA Youth Cup campaign, where they progressed to the fifth round of the competition, the furthest any Bury side has been since 1966.
At the end of the 2016/17 season, Dougie picked up the Paul Earnshaw Clubman of the Year award at the club's End of Season Awards Dinner. Speaking to Gordon Sorfleet after collecting the award and being asked about his hopes for next season, Dougie said: “I just pray to God that everything goes my way. I hope that my hard work pays off, and hopefully, I'll get in and around the First Team.”
His prayer was answered at the end of this season when he was called-up to Ryan Lowe's First Team for the final game against AFC Wimbledon. In the 65th minute of the game, he came on in place of Ryan Cooney, who was stretchered off with a fractured cheekbone. Dougie impressed during his time on the pitch with his fearless performance.
Dougie is a popular character at the club; he has an incredible attitude towards his work and an outstanding commitment to improving, trying to become the best player he possibly can. The coaching staff at the club say he is a credit to the Youth Department and they take pride in helping him improve. He is always pushing for more, working on his fitness and his technical ability every day, and asking for extra training to help improve his game.
Today we spoke with Dougie who said: “I am happy to sign my first professional contract at the club I have been with since the Under 13’s.
“Making it all the way here is a big achievement, but it’s only the start of something amazing.
“I’d like to thank the Gaffer for the opportunity he’s given me. I’m looking forward to learning a lot playing for him and hoping that we have a successful season.”