Bucks boosted by summer signings

Jan Budtz, pictured applauding the fans following his farewell games in a Doncaster Rovers shirt in 2007. Photo: Steve Taylor/Sheffield Newspapers Ltd.
Jan Budtz, pictured applauding the fans following his farewell games in a Doncaster Rovers shirt in 2007. Photo: Steve Taylor/Sheffield Newspapers Ltd.

BUXTON FC chairman Tony Tomlinson says prospects for the future look bright this summer, with new signings lifting the atmosphere at the Silverlands.

Martin McIntosh’s men are due to report back for pre-season training on Saturday morning - seven weeks ahead of the start of the new Evo-Stik League Premier Division season - with the boss expecting a near-full turnout of players re-signed after last season, new recruits and a clutch of trialists all hoping to earn the manager’s favour.

McIntosh further strengthened his squad last week by signing 33-year-old Danish goalkeeper Jan Budtz, and has also secured the services of popular defender Marc Roberts on a season-long loan from Worksop Town.

Buxton chairman Tony Tomlinson said: “Buxton’s directors are certainly encouraged by the more positive atmosphere surrounding the club this summer.

“The two further signings made by the manager in the past week have taken the total of new recruits to five and, with all of them having proven quality, the club’s prospects look promising in what is again sure to be a challenging division.”

He added: “An interesting selection of home friendly fixtures will provide supporters with an early opportunity to run an eye over the newly-signed players.”

Budtz is perhaps best known for his penalty shoot-out heroics on his debut for Doncaster Rovers in their 2005 League Cup win over Manchester City. The 6’ 4” custodian has also turned out for Wolves, Hartlepool United, Oldham Athletic, Eastwood Town and Stalybridge Celtic, from where he was recently released.

Another major signing by McIntosh is that of centre-half Roberts, whose defensive displays and trademark long throws during his 14-match loan from the Tigers last season were influential in helping the Bucks successfully battle relegation.

Roberts is expected to partner David Haggerty, recently signed from FC Halifax Town, in central defence. Midfielders Jordan Hall and Sam Duncum, who have joined from Alfreton Town and Ilkeston respectively, complete the line-up of new recruits.

Two players who won’t be attending pre-season training are midfielders Neil Stevens and Steve Ridley, who have reportedly both signed for North Ferriby United.