Bury Football Club are delighted to announce the return of Nicky Adams on an initial one-year contract.
Nicky is no stranger to Bury, having progressed through the club's youth system. He forced his way into the First Team in October 2005 and gained notoriety with a goal against Darlington on his First Team debut in a 1–0 home win. He went on to make 94 appearances for the Shakers, scoring 15 goals.
After spending almost three years in and around Bury's First Team set-up, Nicky left Gigg Lane to join Leicester City where he made 38 appearances. He spent time away from the King Power Stadium with loan spells at Rochdale and Leyton Orient. Eventually, further moves to Brentford and Crawley Town followed before he linked up with Steve Evans at Rotherham United during the January 2014 transfer window.
In May 2014 Nicky returned to the Shakers and played a pivotal role in the club's promotion to League One. Following a successful season with the Shakers, the winger joined Northampton Town on a free transfer, signing a three-year contract at Sixfields.
His one season with the club was a triumphant campaign for both the Cobblers and Nicky, as they went on to be crowned Champions of League Two with Nicky becoming the player to record ‘most assists’ across the league.
By the end of the 2015/16 campaign, Nicky had already requested the opportunity to move back up north to be closer to his family. This saw him gain his move to Carlisle United where he went on to win Carlisle's 2016/17 player of the season last season, scoring three goals with 14 assists as the Cumbrians made the League Two play-offs.
Nicky was sidelined for the second half of the season after he suffered an injury to his knee in Carlisle's 4-0 win against Yeovil Town on 11th November. It was a devastating blow for both Nicky and Carlisle, as he and the team were in good form. Nicky has worked tirelessly over the last few months to ensure that he is back to full fitness and ready to start his 2018/19 campaign.
Today we spoke to Nicky who said: “I’m buzzing to be back! Everyone knows how much I love being at this club – I’ve got nothing but brilliant memories from being here in the past.
“It was a no-brainer for me to come back, leaving last time was a blow for myself, but everything happens for a reason. It allowed me to go and play for two great clubs, Northampton and Carlisle and do well there, including making history at Northampton.
“Everything happens for a reason, but when the opportunity came to come back here like I say, it was a no-brainer. As soon as Lowey phoned me I said ‘Yeah, no problem, let’s get it done!’
“I’ve got a great affiliation with this club; I just want to come back and help bring the good times again. The last couple of years has been hard for the fans, and it hasn't been nice but, hopefully, we can get off to a good start next season and do really well and take this club to where it should be – competing at the top of the table.”
Lowe spoke of his delight at Nicky's return, saying: "Nicky Adams is a big signing for us. I’ve known Nicky for many years – not only is he a great footballer, but he’s a great lad to have around the building. His attitude and application to play for this football club is what I wanted.
"He is the type of person I want in this football club because he leads by example with his attitude and his commitment and, ultimately, his football.
"I think everyone knows in League Two he’s been by far one of the stand-out performers for the past three or four years – with us when we got promoted, and then onto Northampton and Carlisle, so he’s a big coup.
"He’s been offered contracts elsewhere, but once I’d phoned him and made him one of my main priorities and main targets, it was a no-brainer for him, and it was a no-brainer for us.
"Nicky and his family are Bury supporters so he’s over the moon to be back and I’m over the moon to have him back because he’s the type of person and type of character we need in this football club going forward."