Picken delight at Bury move
Bury's new signing Phil Picken is anxious to impress after signing a 12-month contract with the club.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 05/08/10 3:09pm
Bury's new signing Phil Picken is anxious to impress after signing a 12-month contract with the League Two outfit.
The former Manchester United trainee was offered a permanent deal by the Shakers after impressing whilst on trial.
The move represents a return home for the Droylsden-born defender and he admits that it is up to him to grasp the opportunity given to him by Bury.
"It isn't very far from my hometown, so coming back home made the decision to join that much easier," Picken told skysports.com.
"I was very fortunate for me to go into a club like Bury, on my doorstep, and earn a deal here, but I have to make the most of it now and do well for the club.
"Both the players and coaching staff here have been great, so it was an easy decision to sign the 12-month contract offered to me."
Picken has been looking for a new club since being released by Chesterfield at the end of last season and he understands how fortunate he is to have been offered a route back into football, with so many free agents still searching for a new club.
He added: "A lot of players are in the same position I was a few weeks ago, looking for a new club and it is a rollercoaster for those players, so I am delighted to have found a new club and especially a club like Bury was great.
"Previously clubs would take a gamble by offering players one or two-year deals, but this year especially has been very chaotic.
"There are quality players out there that are still looking for a new club and everyone is scrapping for the same contracts, but thankfully I have come in to Bury and done something right to earn a contract."