Nicky Maynard has become the latest player to join the Bury exodus by signing for Mansfield Town.

The striker scored 22 goals in all competitions in his only season at Gigg Lane, helping fire the Shakers back to League One.

The 32-year-old, who has commanded multi-million pound fees from Bristol City, West Ham and Cardiff during his career, will be in League Two again next season after signing for the Stags.

Maynard had announced he would be leaving the Shakers on social media over the weekend.

“After the amazing achievement we all did last season, I have decided to play my football elsewhere next season,” he said.

“I would like to thank everyone at Bury and especially the fans for giving me the opportunity to play regular football and more importantly enjoy it again.

“The set of lads has been one of the best I have worked with and the togetherness showed in the end that anything is possible.

“It’s hard to leave a team that has just been promoted but off the field problems have left me with no alternative but to do what is right for me and my family.

“I really do hope Bury get sorted sooner rather than later and give the fans some more excitement this season.”