By Tony Leighton
Bury captain David Worrall is as brutally frank about his team's relegation from npower League 1 as he is hopeful of a rapid return from the bottom division.
Worrall helped the Shakers to promotion from League 2 two seasons ago and to a creditable 14th-place finish in League 1 last term.
But with the club suffering well-documented financial problems and a transfer embargo this time around, the current campaign has been difficult throughout.
As he looked back on a troubled time at Gigg Lane, however, Worrall told football-league.co.uk: "The bottom line is that we've not been good enough.
"We've got a team of young players, not many with experience. I'm 22 and I've probably got the most appearances, which says something for a League 1 side.
"So a lot is down to inexperience, though at times we've been missing key players and because of the transfer embargo we've not been able to replace them.
"It's been a really tough season all round. Hopefully we can finish well and take that into next year, but we've deserved to go down."
Worrall is trying to balance his massive disappointment with optimism for next season, though whether he will still be a Bury player remains to be seen.
A produce of the club's youth system, he moved to West Bromwich Albion but returned to Gigg Lane via a short spell with Accrington Stanley.
Now he may be set to depart again, but his immediate future - unlike that of the League 2-bound Shakers - is at the moment unclear.
"I've got another year on my contract," he said, "but I've been here for five years now and sometimes you need a new challenge. Maybe I'm just at that stage."
Whether he stays or goes, Worrall will be hoping that the club where he started his career will overcome their current difficulties and prosper again.
He said: "The club just needs to sort the finances out and get a team together that can do okay in League 2 and build from there, start again.
"We've done it before, scrapped it out and started again, got young players in - although I think I'm the only one remaining from the last time we did it.
"But I think that's what's got to happen again. The lads who are still on contract are a good bunch, they were all here last season when we stayed up in League 1.
"We've had four or five who've been injured through the season and had operations, so it will be good to get them back at the start of next season.
"There's definitely a platform to build on and go from there. It's not been our season, but everyone involved with the club has got to look forward now."
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