Bury: Tom Soares and Andrew Tutte deals 'make us better'

Tom Soares and Andrew Tutte
Tom Soares (left) moved to Stoke for £1.25m from Crystal Palace in 2008

Bury agreeing new deals with midfielders Tom Soares and Andrew Tutte will help "make the Shakers better", says manager David Flitcroft.

The pair have signed new contracts with the League Two side until 2017.

Soares, 28, initially played for nothing when he joined the Shakers in 2012, but agreed a two-year contract in July 2013.

Former Man City academy graduate Tutte, 24, joined from Rochdale a year ago and has scored five times in 53 outings.

"Soares has probably had the most consistent season," manager David Flitcroft told BBC Radio Manchester.

"He's a player who can play in any position you put him in, a fantastic athlete and one of the most elegant and powerful players we've got.

"We've really let the shackles off Tutte. He's had license to drive forward and have a fluency about his game and he's been fantastic.

"Two good signings. Two energetic, athletic signings that make us better."

Carrington training ground
Bury will change all the Manchester City branding to their own over the coming months

Bury chairman Stewart Day has also been speaking for the first time since the club announced they are moving into Manchester City's former training ground in Carrington.

The Shakers have secured a five-year lease on the complex after the Premier League champions moved all their training facilities to the Etihad Campus.

"I've got an immense sense of pride for myself at the moment," said Day.

"It's not for me to say it is the biggest deal that the club has done in the long term, but to get a complex like this where the facilities are as good as they are - this takes us to a whole new plateau.

"When we got the word that Manchester City were looking to do something and got in there fairly quick, we managed to secure it for ourselves."