Harrad's season still alive

Thursday 2nd May 2013 12:19

Shaun Harrad: On loan at Cheltenham

Shaun Harrad: On loan at Cheltenham

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Bury's season might be over, but Shaun Harrad's season is still alive and Shakers' FanZoner Don Hale takes a look at the on-loan striker.

Whilst most of Bury's footballers are now heading for more sunny climes following the completion of their disappointing relegation season, their in-form loan striker Harrod has been given a surprise opportunity that could result in a Wembley final with Division Two play-off victors Cheltenham Town.

Harrod has had his loan period extended by the Shakers so that he can appear in tonight's first-leg semi-final away tie to Northampton Town at Sixfields, and next Sunday's return home tie at Whaddon Road, plus the final against either Burton Albion or Bradford City, should they qualify.

This is a dream chance of glory for the popular attacking player who has made 36 appearances for Cheltenham this season scoring 10 goals that helped them finish in fifth place and a certain play-off position. Once the outcome is concluded however, Harrod must return to Gigg Lane on June 26 to begin pre-season training with Bury.

One of Harrod's former Shakers team-mates, and another loan player, defender Joe Skarz will be signing for newly promoted Rotherham United when his contract with Bury expires at the end of May. The highly-rated left full-back made 145 appearances for Bury, scoring five goals, and only missed one match due to suspension during his period with the club.

He joined Rotherham on a season-long loan deal and helped them to achieve automatic promotion as League Two runners-up, finishing just four points behind champions Gillingham and just ahead of rivals Port Vale.

Ironically, Bury and Rotherham will be exchanging places next season due to Bury's recent relegation, despite a late rally, but Skarz has proved a revelation at the New York Stadium and has quickly become a fans favourite.

Another Bury player who is still polishing his boots and cleaning up after all the senior pros have left for the summer, is talented academy star Rhys Williams, who has just received his call-up papers for Wales and joins the Welsh U-15 squad for their forthcoming matches against Belgium and Switzerland at Jenner Park, Barry.

By Don Hale, Bury's FanZoner. Don't forget to follow @FanZone on Twitter!

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