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David Flitcroft expects Tom Pope to be a favourite at Bury

10 June 2015

Bury manager David Flitcroft believes Tom Pope will be an instant hit with the Shakers' faithful after signing the striker on a three-year contract.

Pope arrives at the club following the expiry of his contract with Port Vale, where he hit 69 goals in his four years.

But Flitcroft insists it's more than just Pope's goals that will see him become a favourite at the JD Stadium, praising the front man's work rate and attitude.

“On interviewing Tom it soon became apparent what he was all about and what it was he wanted. He is the ultimate team player who values team work above everything else,” Flitcroft told the club's official website.

“He has an incredible work ethic, industry and enthusiasm to his game. His enthusiasm will drive us as a club and players around him. I believe that he is a player that the fans will soon take into their hearts.”

Pope - who has finished as Vale's top scorer for the past three seasons - is the latest addition to Bury's strikeforce ahead of their Sky Bet League 1 campaign, following their promotion last time around.

Leon Clarke was added to the club's ranks last week, and the boss is relishing all his options at the top end of the pitch.

“Tom’s record shows he is a proven goalscorer and he made a massive contribution to Port Vale during his time at the club,” 41-year-old Flitcroft added.

“He is a renowned goalscorer who can score all different types of goals. With the level of striker that we already have at the club I am looking forward to whichever strike combination we choose.”

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