DANNY Rose is the future of Bury, according to manager David Flitcroft, and if his opening two matches are anything to go by, it will certainly be a rosy one.
The 20-year-old striker, who re-signed on an emergency loan on Friday following a brief spell with Bury last year, took just six minutes to reopen his account after coming on as a second-half substitute at Hartlepool.
He then celebrated turning that loan into a permanent three-year deal on Monday with a second strike in Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw at Luton.
Not that chairman Stewart Day needed convincing after shelling out an undisclosed fee and reportedly agreeing to a “substantial sell-on clause” according to Tykes CEO Ben Mansford, but the youngster’s dream start was vindication of Flitcroft’s summer-long chase.
“I think the day he (Rose) went back, you could see the groundswell of support from the players and certainly the board and our staff,” said the Bury boss, referring to his newest recruit’s loan spell last season, when he scored three goals in six games.
“He was someone we have chased from day one and he’s a signing that we all wanted to make.
“We are trying to build a team for now, the medium term and the long term and he fits all of them.
“He represents the future.
“I can send any kid in the academy to watch him and they will see the work rate and the endeavour he possesses.
“He also has the killer instinct. He wants to score goals and is alive in the box – when everyone stands still he is moving forward.
“So he is a signing that really looks to the future of what we are trying to build, not just the now.”
It may be that Flitcroft’s 10th summer signing could prove to be his most important, but after assembling a senior squad of 21 players the Bury boss is not prepared to call it quits in the transfer market just yet.
“If there is somebody out there who improves our squad then we will look to bring them in,” he added.
“We have not made any loan signings yet. We have tried to build a squad with our own players and try to develop our own players, and I look at that squad now and it is certainly developing.
“You have got Nathan Cameron, Danny Mayor, Nicky Adams and Danny Rose, but also a great blend of youth and experience and some good leaders in it, so I see a team developing and a bright future if we can just keep on the right path.”