Shakers land former Lilywhite
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bury have signed former Preston North End youngster Richard Baker.
Bury have signed former Preston North End trainee Richard Baker to a one-year contract at Gigg Lane.
The Burnley-born midfielder is the second summer signing for Shakers boss Chris Casper, with the youngster having impressed the League Two club during a trial back in April.
Baker made appearances in the reserves and youth team at Deepdale, but was unable to earn professional deal with the Championship side.
Instead, the youngster has taken the opportunity to further his career in League Two with Bury next season.
"He's a good young player that will push through the squad and make a career for himself," Casper told Bury's official website.
"He's one that you want to get in and give a chance.
"He is the rough diamond that every manager looks for, he's got a cracking character and attitude and he'll give a right good go.
"He's got a year and I've got big hopes for him."
Baker's arrival was followed by the news that Nicky Adams, Marc Pugh and Matthew Tipton have all put pen to paper on new one-year contracts.
Meanwhile, Casper has expressed his desire to bring back Manchester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel on loan.
Schmeichel proved a key figure in Bury's successful bid to stay in The Football League last season, but Casper is realistic about the youngster returning.
"I'd like Kasper Schmeichel back, if we could get him, but I've spoken to Stuart Pearce about it," Casper said.
"I'll be honest with you, I'd love to get him back. I'd swim the channel to get him back here, but it's not my decision and there is nothing I can do about it.
"They won't make a decision about him straight away, and I can understand that. They will probably leave it until pre-season."