HALLAM’S HOPING TO SHAKE UP ORDER
TOM POPE and James Vaughan are standing in his way at Bury, but Hallam Hope is confident he can force his way into boss David Flitcroft’s plans after delivering goals.
The 22-year-old started his career at Everton and joined Bury permanently after enjoying a purple patch with the Shakers – five goals in eight games – while on loan in 2014.
At the time of his permanent signing in last year’s January transfer window, Flitcroft described Hope’s potential as ‘frightening’, but the move did not work out as planned.
However, after going on loan at Carlisle last season, Hope returned re-energised and capitalised on Vaughan’s suspension by netting a double in the 2-1 victory over Swindon.
And Hope is intent on making sure the PopeVaughan partnership up front is not an obvious choice.
“I went to Carlisle to play more games and score goals, and I did that,” Hope explained. “I feel like I have come back a better player.
“I’m ready to go. Last season, I had quite a few injuries and I was never really 100 per cent fit. I knew that myself.
“Now I feel good, feel strong, feel fit. I’m playing more in my natural position, which is striker, and I’m enjoying it.”
UPBEAT: Hallam Hope