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Ajose joins hometown club on loan

Posted by nickogs20 on September 28, 2010

It’s been quite a week for United forward Nick Ajose. Allocated a first team squad number on Tuesday, the 18 year-old hit a hattrick for the reserves on Thursday and has now moved to his hometown club Bury on loan, where he got his first taste of senior football on Saturday.

With the reserves now having a five week gap between fixtures, Ajose has followed Ritchie de Laet in heading out on a month’s loan. The Bury-born youngster will get the chance to cut his teeth in senior football at his hometown club over the next few weeks, with his first exposure to League Two coming when introduced as a substitute for the last ten minutes of the Shakers’ 2-0 win at Cheltenham on Saturday.

Ajose has started the new campaign in terrific form, grabbing five goals in pre-season before doing the same again in just five games of competitive action. That level of performance is what attracted the attention of Bury boss Alan Knill, who told Bury’s official site:

“We signed him late on Friday and he’s actually a Bury-born lad – obviously Manchester United got to him before we did. He’s been with them since he was 12 or 14. He played against our reserves on Monday and did really well, he looks really sharp. Then he played again on Wednesday against Bolton reserves and scored a hattrick.

We had already mentioned to Manchester United that we were looking at him, we are fortunate that we have quite a good relationship with them and I am extremely thankful that they have allowed us to have him. Its part of his development, he’s only with us a month, but within that month, he will see exactly what League Two football is all about.

He has blistering pace and an eye for goal and also has a really good work ethic about him. We are delighted to have him; he just adds quality to what I think is a pretty good squad anyway. We did the deal late on Friday afternoon and he actually only met up with us as we got on the bus on Saturday morning.”

Ajose for his part was delighted to get his first taste of senior football and is looking forward to accruing more experience over the next month:

“There are another six games this month while I am here, so hopefully I can help the team string a few more wins together. I used to come and watch Bury when I was younger so I know the set-up. It’s a lot more physical than the reserves and the players are bigger and tougher, but the manager just told me to go out and enjoy myself.”

Next up for Bury is a trip to Morecambe this evening, and while Ajose may struggle to force Knill to change a winning lineup, he’ll be hoping for another chance to impress as a substitute. We’ll have all the loanee news from a full programme of Football League action on the blog tomorrow.

3 Responses to “Ajose joins hometown club on loan”

  1. darren said

    think this will be good for him whats happened to W Keane? injured?

  2. The Glutten said

    Hope it’s a good month for him. Nicky is a hell of a prospect.

  3. nickogs20 said

    Keane played for the academy on Saturday, so I’d assume not…

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