BURY manager Ryan Lowe has spelled out what he expects from all players joining the club this summer.

Lowe made winger Nicky Adams his first summer signing last week, with the Bury youth product returning for a third spell at Gigg Lane.

The Shakers’ pursuit of potential signings is ongoing and Lowe feels Adams represents just what he is looking for in all new recruits.

As Bury slumped towards relegation from League One, Lowe questioned the desire of some of the players he inherited from his predecessors Lee Clark and Chris Lucketti.

Chairman Stewart Day has also admitted the board “did not carry out as much due diligence on some individuals as we needed to” when bringing in a host of new players last summer.

And that is a lesson he insists the club has learnt as Lowe prepares the squad for Bury’s bid to return to League Two.

“Nicky Adams is the type of person and type of character we need in this football club going forward,” Lowe said.

“He leads by example with his attitude, his commitment and, ultimately, his football.

“Recruitment is underway with potential signings coming in, who I believe will give me and the club everything they have out on the pitch.

“I want players who will play for the badge on their shirts with passion, pride and fight.”

As well as rebuilding the squad, Lowe has also been tasked with ushering the club’s youth players into the first-team environment.

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So far, re-establishing a productive academy has probably been the biggest success of Day’s five-year reign, and the latest scholars to be offered professional terms have been Dougie Nyaupembe, Saul Shotton and Wealth da Silva.

Nyaupembe, aged 18, has been with the club since under-13 level and after featuring at centre-forward and centre-midfield, he now plays at right-back.

Fellow youth product Ryan Cooney had been playing at right-back in the latter stages of the season but suffered a fractured cheekbone in the last game at AFC Wimbledon, allowing Nyaupembe to come off the bench for his first-team debut.

“Making it all the way here is a big achievement, but it’s only the start of something amazing,” said Nyaupembe.

“I’d like to thank the gaffer for the opportunity he’s given me.

“I’m looking forward to learning a lot playing for him and hoping we have a successful season.