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Nicky Adams has gone from hero to villain back to hero in the eyes of the Bury fans. Coming through the youth system at the club, Adams made his debut on the 15th October 2005, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win over Darlington. He immediately endeared himself to the Shakers and spent the next three years in the first team, having his best season at the cub in his final year, playing 52 times and scoring 13 goals.
Adams then left for pastures new at the end of his contract, joining Leicester. He never really managed to establish himself in the East Midlands and had loans at both Rochdale and Leyton Orient. Adams then signed with Brentford in August 2010, but after struggling to adapt to life down south, returned to Rochdale on loan then signed permanently that January.
However, on his return to Gigg Lane, Adams received a lot of stick from the home fans, and responded by scoring the third goal in a 4-2 win and also celebrated wildly in front of the home fans, souring the relationship between player and fanbase beyond repair surely?
He then had spells with Crawley and Rotherham before incredibly returning to Gigg Lane in the summer of 2014 joining an already talented squad favourites for promotion. Fans were sceptical at the beginning, but his hardworking quality performances left fans in no doubt and by the end of the successful promotion winning campaign many fans were looking forward to the thought of Adams and League Two player of the year Danny Mayor flying down the wings in League One.
It came as a shock when Adams was placed on the transfer list and then let go for free to Northampton, and Bury fans were cursing the decision to let him go when Adams had one of the best seasons of his career with Northampton, gaining another promotion and assisting 15 goals as well as scoring three himself. He then joined Carlisle having another stellar 18 months before injury ruled him out for the second half of last season.
Coming out of nowhere after the appointment of Ryan Lowe as fulltime manager, Adams was announced as his first signing of the summer. With recovery from his injury going well, Adams has proven himself to be one of the best players in League Two for the last four years, with an incredible 37 assists during that time. Now returning with the fans firmly back on side, if he can replicate his form from over the past few years, he could spearhead Bury’s charge to League One.