Bury Town’s players have returned to training following the lifting of the restrictions for outdoor team sport, and the Blues will take part in 3 friendly matches in April as part of early preparations for next season.
The season was officially curtained recently, but manager Ben Chenery says he is already looking ahead to next season after a promising campaign was cut short following a successful FA Cup run and an unbeaten start to the League season.
In a statement posted on the clubs website, Chenery said “I hope that all our supporters and sponsors are keeping well. It was a great disappointment that our season was suspended and then declared finished, but this was realistically the only option given the restrictions and timescales.
The First Team returned to training last week, with all the squad that played a part in the 2020/21 season returning. We have scheduled three upcoming friendly matches all at home to take us through to the end of the season, against Hadleigh United, Leiston and Brightlingsea Regent.
I know that the Club had hoped to have spectators present at these matches but it has now been announced that this is not possible so unfortunately, these games will be behind closed doors.
I will soon be opening up discussions with players regarding next season, but I do not foresee many – if any, changes. As you will all know, we like to keep a settled squad of players and I know that our current squad are eager to complete what they started last season.
As well as the end of season friendlies, we are planning pre-season friendlies by which time we should be allowed spectators back into the grounds, so we hope to have you back with us by then.
Getting the squad back together at this time is a big benefit for the players, particularly the players returning from long term injury such as Ryan Horne, Ollie Fenn and Ryan Stafford. I hope that this gives us an extra advantage ahead of next season.
We are working hard to continue on the good work and progress from last season and I will provide further updates for you over the spring and summer”