The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Jack Miller

MAN­AGER Lee Clark is of­fer­ing a bed for the sum­mer to James Vaughan in a des­per­ate bid to keep Bury’s star striker away from any other po­ten­tial suit­ors.

The 28-year-old, signed last sum­mer, took his tally for the sea­son to 24 goals last week­end after net­ting twice in the 3-0 tri­umph over Northamp­ton.

For­mer Ever­ton hit­man Vaughan trails only Billy Sharp (29) in the goalscor­ing charts for League One, and Clark is un­der no il­lu­sions that he faces a bat­tle to keep his prized as­set at Gigg Lane next term.

“We are go­ing to have to keep him un­der lock and key,” Clark said. “He can come and stay with me over the sum­mer, bring his fam­ily!

“Let’s not beat around the bush, it’s go­ing to be one hell of a fight to keep him. I’m go­ing to give ev­ery­thing I can, along with the chair­man, to make sure we have him come the start of next sea­son.

“Any suc­cess­ful team needs a striker who is go­ing to score goals and God only knows where we would be in the league ta­ble if we didn’t have him.

“It’s not only the goals. I love his work ethic. He works ex­tremely hard off the ball for the team and he is a credit to him­self.”

Clark also has tipped his cap to for­mer skip­per Nathan Cameron after the 25-year-old de­fender re­turned from an eight-month in­jury lay-off last week­end.

He added: “Nathan has been work­ing re­ally hard. He has had some set­backs.

“I’ve been there my­self, I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced those long days in the gym when you can’t see the light at the end of the tun­nel.

“So it was ter­rific to get him out there and it gives us a bit of food for thought in the com­ing weeks and cer­tainly next sea­son.”

GOALS: James Vaughan

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