BIG name signings such as Ryan Lowe and Nicky Adams have raised concerns among some sections of Bury supporters that chairman Stewart Day has been splashing the cash irresponsibly.
But the Shakers chief has attempted to reassure fans that his transfer dealings have not left a hole in the club’s finances.
The 32-year-old chairman also revealed the efforts he has made to vet his investments, personally interviewing every one of the summer’s nine new arrivals with manager David Flitcroft before giving the deals the green light.
“We have had players that have dropped down from higher leagues and people have assumed they must be getting a lot of money or we have paid a high transfer fee, but that’s not the case,” he told BBC North West Tonight.
“The one thing we have done here to attract players to the football club has been to talk to them about the success we want to achieve and how we want them to be part of something special.
“Myself and David have sat down and interviewed the players that have come in and found out why they have wanted to be part of this.”
Both Lowe and Adams enjoyed success with the Shakers in League Two before going on to play at a higher level.
Lowe left for Sheffield Wednesday in 2011 before spells at MK Dons and Tranmere, while Adams has played in the Championship with Leicester City and was promoted to the second tier with Rotherham United last season.
Bury have also tempted Danny Mayor to cut short a contract with Sheffield Wednesday, while Kelvin Etuhu and Shawn Jalal have ended up at the JD Stadium after being released by Championship sides.
But Day explained: “With some of the players we have signed we have structured the right deals with other football clubs and some of those clubs have actually ended up owing us money.
“So we have worked out a position to get a player that we want, but first and foremost the player has got to have the appetite to wear a Bury shirt and be part of what we want to do here.
“Some of the players have failed in the interview process. We have just come away thinking it had not been right for me or David because the player wasn’t buying into what we were looking for.
“But, thankfully, that has been very few and far between because the players we have identified and the due diligence we have done as a coaching staff was to try to bring in the right recruits and make sure their attitude has been correct.
“So when we have sat down with them they have already been singing off the same hymn sheet.
“This isn’t financially motivated for a lot of the players, it is about success.”