The Ryman Football League
Published 1st August 2012
.....players to his squad before the start of the season.
Wilkins, who has yet to replace any of the five first-team squad members who have departed over the summer, remains unconcerned with the start of the season just two-and-a-half weeks away.
Roscoe Hipperson, Kieran Leabon and Craig Nurse were all released, while wingers Lee Smith and Danny Cunningham have signed for league rivals Lowestoft Town since the end of last season.
Wilkins said: “I am a great believer that the starting XI we can put out is good enough to be up there challenging, but we need two or three other players of quality to push them to get a place in the team.
“We are very limited at the moment because we have lost both our wide players. The Lee Smith scenario dragged on, and we spoke to a few wingers but we could not sign them because we were waiting for Lee. In the end we had to let them go, but they would have been good replacements.
Wilkins said that Bury had “identified quite a few players” as potential targets. The players he is looking to bring in are ones who have played at Blue Square Bet Premier level or Conference North/South level.
Although the lack of transfer activity has been frustrating so far, Bury have been boosted by the decision of Sam Reed to stay with the club and the arrival of Ben Chenery as assistant-manager - the same role he held at Chelmsford City until the end of last season.
Wilkins said: “I knew Ben when he played for Cambridge United and we have always got on well. He has a good footballing brain. With the situation regarding James Scowcroft’s availability undecided, I called Ben to see if he would be interested in joining us as he had just been released by Chelmsford City.”
With Scowcroft having since taken on the role of coaching Ipswich Town’s under-14 academy and therefore unable to commit to the post of assistant-manager at Bury, Wilkins moved swiftly to secure Chenery’s services.
Scowcroft, who had hoped to combine the role of coaching with playing, will instead be the club’s first-team coach.