Alex Bruce has left Bury in the same month that they signed him, the club’s website has confirmed.

Bruce’s departure was undoubtedly unexpected by many football fans.

However, Bruce was signed on non-contract terms. The Shakers have taken the decision to allow the central defender to leave as he has been receiving several offers, with one club making a lot of progress.

Alex Bruce scored on his Bury debut when they faced Wigan Athletic in a Sky Bet League One fixture. He played one more game after this, when Bury hosted Bristol Rovers at Gigg Lane.

Bury claimed that they have allowed the 32-year-old to leave so that he is ‘free to further his career at one of the many clubs that have offered terms to him’.

In the club statement there was a nice touch, as it ended with ‘Alex leaves with the club’s blessing and our thanks for his service to the club during his short time with us’.

Bruce has trained with Sheffield United once this summer, but they turned down the opportunity to sign him. League One is his likely destination, although he may not be short of interest from a few lower Championship clubs.

The journeyman has played for several English clubs – Birmingham City, Oldham Athletic, Sheffield Wednesday, Tranmere Rovers, Leicester City, Leeds United, Huddersfield Town, Wigan Athletic and Hull City.

Alex is the son of Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce. He played for his father during his spell at Hull City.

Bruce will have plenty of clubs to choose from, but must always consider game time and he will most likely be looking to avoid signing on non-contract terms.


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