What can Bury fans expect from their six new signings?
It has been an eventful week down at Gigg Lane, as David Flitcroft unveiled a staggering six new signings ahead of the upcoming season. After the worrying departures of key players, such as Chris Hussey, Ryan Lowe, and Danny Rose, in recent weeks, this flurry of transfer activity has been welcomed by Bury supporters, as their side aim to build on last term’s 14th placed finish in League One.
The first player to be announced, last week, was 33-year old centre-back, Antony Kay. Recently released by MK Dons following their relegation from the Championship, the experienced defender has signed a two-year-deal with The Shakers.
Kay started his career with hometown club, Barnsley, and dispatched the winning penalty in the 2006 League One play-off final shoot-out as The Tykes beat Swansea City to secure promotion to the Championship. Kay made almost 200 appearances before being released in 2007 for repeatedly breaching the club’s no drinking policy.
Shortly afterwards, Kay joined Tranmere Rovers and found the net seven times during his debut campaign with the club. Kay is also able to play in centre midfield, something that he did fairly often in his second season at Prenton Park, scoring 12 goals in the process.
Such form caught the attention of Huddersfield Town manager Lee Clark, who acted swiftly to bring the Yorkshireman back across the Pennines. Kay made 95 league appearances for The Terriers and experienced yet another promotion to the Championship via the play-offs in 2011/12, before dropping back down a level to join MK Dons that summer.
After consolidating himself at the heart of the Dons defence, the promotion master did it again, as Kay helped a side featuring a then fairly unknown Dele Alli, to leapfrog Preston on the final day of the 2014/15 League One season. Kay made 34 appearances in the second tier last campaign but generated controversy towards the end of the season after a horrendous tackle on Wolves winger Michal Zyro left the Pole sidelined until 2017. Much to the fury of Wolves’ manager, Kenny Jackett, the defender only received a booking for the challenge and has reportedly failed to apologise for his part in the incident.
Kay was released from Stadium MK in May, and his move to The Shakers means that he will be reunited with former Huddersfield teammate, Peter Clarke. Bury had the joint fourth-worst defence in League One last season, and Flitcroft has stated that he is hopeful that the addition of Kay can help to sure things up at the back, “We have been working on securing his services since Christmas, he is a player of great character and has the leadership qualities required to reduce our goals conceded stats for next season.”