DANNY RACCHI reckons he’s in prime condition to impress at Bury.
The 20-year-old, released by Town at the end of last season, is on trial at the League II club.
And he could even play against Stan Ternent’s team when they open their pre-season schedule at Gigg Lane on Saturday.
“I’ve been keeping myself in shape throughout the close-season,” revealed Racchi, who made six Town appearances, all as a substitute.
“I’ve been running, doing gym work and playing five-a-sides, and I’m feeling sharp.”
The Halifax-based left-sided player had hoped to kick on last season after figuring three times at the end of 2006-07, but reflected: “It just didn’t happen for me.
“It’s a shame, because I felt I had something to offer, but the chances never really came along.
“There was talk of me going out on loan at one stage, and I would have welcomed the chance to play some first-team football, but that didn’t come to fruition either.
“It was a disappointment when I was released, but not a massive surprise, and there’s no ill feeling.
“Town are a great club, and having spent a number of years there, I hope they get some success.
“Obviously I won’t be a part of it, but these things happen in football, and my challenge is to prove myself again.
“I’ve always had confidence in my own ability, and I’ll give everything possible to get back into league football.”
Bury boss Alan Knill, who is also running the rule over one-time Town trialist Phil Marsh, the former Manchester United frontman who was at Blackpool last season, said: “I’ve seen quite a bit of Danny, and I like his versatility.
“Trialists wouldn’t be here if they didn’t have a chance, so it’s up to them.”
Marsh was on the mark as Bury, who have signed former Town centre-back Efe Sodje, had a 3-1 win over Stockport, Town’s first League I opponents on August 9, in a behind-closed doors game.
The Shakers, whose squad also includes ex-Emley striker Glynn Hurst, have their first public run-out away to Radcliffe Borough on Tuesday.