DANNY Rose has turned his loan move to Bury from Barnsley into a permanent stay, the club has confirmed.
The 20-year-old Barnsley-born striker has put pen to paper on a three-year contract after initially signing on a three-month emergency loan on Friday.
Rose scored three goals in six appearances for Bury in a loan spell at the tail end of last season, and manager David Flitcroft has been chasing him ever since.
It was anticipated the Tykes fan could possibly be tempted into a season-long loan this time around, but the permanent deal is seen as a real statement of intent from the Shakers hierarchy.
Flitcroft said: "Hard work pays off – this has been a big chase for us and we are obviously delighted to finally get the deal done.
"The fans love him, the players love him and we have really worked hard on this one, especially the chairman (Stewart Day)."
Rose picked up where he left off last season at Hartlepool on Saturday, scoring just six minutes after coming off the bench to seal a 2-0 win for Bury.
"He’s a fantastic kid to have around the place and we saw on Saturday just what it means to him," added Flitcroft.
"It’s been difficult for Danny because he is Barnsley born and bred.
"It’s been difficult for his family because he wanted so badly and desperately to do well for Barnsley.
"He has seen other players develop within their setup and he wanted it. He’s had to finish one chapter at Barnsley to move on to another with Bury.
"Emotionally, he was upset about it, but if he carries on with performances like we saw on Saturday at Hartlepool then he is going to upset defenders at this level and the next.
"We saw what Danny Rose is about with the calmness of his finish. He’s just a hungry goal scorer – and he’s ours.”
Rose is a product of the academy system at Barnsley, joining the Tykes as an eight-year-old before going on to score two goals in 17 appearances for his hometown club.
He had hoped to break into the first team following their relegation from the Championship last season, but the door was opened for a Bury approach once the Oakwell outfit signed Leroy Lita last week.
Glenn Thomas, Bury chief executive, added: “Danny has been a long-term target of the club since the end of last season.
"The chairman is focused to deliver the quality of player needed to secure promotion. He has worked all summer to secure our key targets and the chase to land Danny has been a tireless objective, which started in May at the chairmen's conference.
"Danny is the quality of player that can change a game, as Saturday proved and under the leadership of the gaffer he will be an amazing asset for this club.
"Despite media hype, this club is not breaking the bank or paying silly wages to secure new players, but with the chairman’s commitment to the future of this club, we are now attracting the quality of player needed to deliver on the pitch.
"Danny is the latest addition to a top quality squad that want to play for Bury Football Club and deliver their best to the fans.
"The season looks bright and there will be ups and downs, that’s the nature of the game, but with the fans behind them each week I am confident there will be celebrations ahead.”
Rose will now go straight into the squad for Bury's trip to Luton tomorrow.