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Youth Development Update

15 March 2019

Earlier in the season, the club offered professional contracts to Callum Hulme, Joe Adams, and Saul Shotton, with Callum and Joe both putting pen to paper on their contracts. The three players were offered professional terms after their impressive performances and the integral part they played in the Youth Team's successes throughout the season.

Unfortunately, we can't offer every scholar a contract, and as a result of this, seven Bury FC Academy players will depart the club this summer.

Jack Hatton, Cameron Hill, Callum Jones, Sam Allardyce, Mark Edwards-Williams, Callum Erskine and Charlie Mulgrew will now develop their careers and play their football elsewhere.

Sporting Director Lee Dykes said: “It is never an easy decision to inform young players that there will no longer be a pathway at our football club, but today we have had to inform some of our youth players, allowing them to further their careers.

“We are hoping in the very near future to develop our operations and put into place a much-needed U23’s programme, which will help us retain and develop more players beyond this stage. However, as things stand, this is only in the planning stages and not firmly in place.

“We have to do what is right for these players and give them the best opportunity to secure football careers elsewhere. We will continue to support their immediate football development and education until the end of the season, allowing them to explore other opportunities within and we'll always be a support resource for them in the future. We wish them all the best going forward.”

First Team Manager Ryan Lowe added: “At the moment, First Team opportunities for the players being released would be very limited, as we feel that the players need further development. I believe that they can achieve this over time, but at this stage, we feel that they are better playing regular football at development level.

“I would like to say good luck to them all, they have been fantastic servants to the club throughout their time with us and I wish them all the best for the future.”


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