Midfielder Stephen Dawson has rejected a new contract with Scunthorpe United to re-sign for Sky Bet League One rivals Bury. He has penned a three-year contract at Gigg Lane. He previously played for the club between 2008 and 2010.

Dawson was part of the Scunthorpe side which reached the play-offs, but were undone by Millwall over two legs. That brought to an end a two-season spell at Glanford Park, and the 31-year-old now has the luxury of a three-year deal to return to Bury under manager Lee Clark.

The official Bury website believes that they have secured something of a transfer coup to bring Dawson back to the club, stating that Wigan, Rotherham and Blackburn are some of the clubs who may have touted the player.

Dawson is no stranger to Bury supporters and was a firm favourite during his past time at the club. He now resumes that, and his new manager Clark says that this is a real statement of intent from the football club,

“This is a huge signing for us. Stephen is a player that I have tried to entice at previous clubs, but I have finally got my man. Bury Football Club have a returning hero and I know that he was a very popular player for the club during his previous spell.

“Stephen is a winner, I’ve quickly realised that since meeting him. That is a signing that will excite the fans. He is over the 30 years of age mark, which people seem to think it’s coming to the end but, in the modern game, it means nothing because he is another player that has looked after himself.”

He has over 450 appearances to his name in the professional game and certainly brings a wealth of experience to the heart of the Bury midfield.

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