BURY boss David Flitcroft has snapped up defender Keil O’Brien from Conference North side Chorley FC for an undisclosed fee.

The 6ft 4in centre-half was young player of the season as the Victory Park outfit, managed by David's older brother Garry, finished champions of the Evo-Stik Premier Division.

The 20-year-old, who started his career at Manchester United, has signed a two-year deal after serving an apprenticeship in non-league, with spells at Northwich Victoria, Mossley and Radcliffe Borough as well as at Chorley.

As O’Brien arrived at the JD Stadium, fitness coach Dave Tivey announced his departure.

The England Under-19s coach, who was appointed by previous manager Kevin Blackwell, said: “I want to thank everybody at the club for the time I spent here. It has been a huge step in my development in my field.

“I’m obviously very sad to leave but I am leaving to pursue other opportunities to further my career. I want to wish everyone a successful forthcoming season.”