Chelmsford City striker Michael Bakare has sealed a dream move into the Football League to sign a professional contract with npower League Two club Macclesfield Town, and his former Manager Glenn Pennyfather believes he has the talent to make a name for himself.
The marksman was rumoured to have been subject to interest from a number of clubs since finding the net on a regular basis for Bishop’s Stortford and the Clarets at Blue Square Conference level this season. Chelmsford boss Pennyfather admitted he did everything he could to keep Bakare at City, but wished him well with his new opportunity.
He said: “I’m excited for Michael and obviously disappointed for ourselves as he’s been a huge part of what we’ve achieved this season and he was going to play a big part for us in the future. It the age of 25 he might not get this kind of chance again so he’s got to grasp it with both hands. He’s the third forward we’ve now seen move into the Football League from Chelmsford City after Ricky Holmes and Rob Edmans, and that’s a credit to our club.”
Although he is already pleased with the attacking options he currently has at his disposal, Glenn will now look at the possibility of bringing in a replacement, and already has names in mind. He explained that players moving on to a higher level is a fundamental part of non-league football, adding: “Michael’s ambitious and when he came to City he didn’t want a permanent contract, and that’s the risk you take in football sometimes.”
“He certainly produced the goods for us on the pitch. He’s got electric pace, something I look for in a forward, and Macclesfield probably saw that when they were scouting us for the FA Cup games. When you score goals people are going to take a look. Every now and then you unearth a gem, and Macclesfield may have done just that.”