Lowe welcomes Mozika deal

Shakers skipper delighted to see French midfielder tied down

Mozika: Has caught the eye

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Bury captain Ryan Lowe has expressed his delight at seeing Damien Mozika become the latest key player to commit their future to the club.

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The French midfielder arrived on trial in pre-season and impressed manager Alan Knill enough to earn a one-year contract.

The 23-year-old had to wait six weeks into the season to make his Bury debut but soon established himself in the starting line-up, playing a key role in the midfield engine room as the Shakers cemented themselves as League Two promotion contenders.

Aware of interest in Mozika and knowing he could leave for free at the end of the season, Knill was eager to extend his contract but the former Chester man stalled over Bury's initial offer.

Knill contemplated not playing him if the impasse continued but Lowe was thrilled Mozika signed a two-and-a-half-year deal on Thursday, which runs to the summer of 2013.

Quality

"The gaffer saw him and signed him up, and it's no surprise that he offered him a new contract because he's a good player and could play for anyone in League Two, maybe even League One," he told skysports.com.

"If we didn't tie him down to a new contract I'm sure someone else would have signed him so fair play to the gaffer for spotting a bit of talent and taking him on.

"And it's a great sign that we've got players of that quality extending their contract here, which is a bonus for all of us."

Lowe signed a new deal in October, also until the summer of 2013, and played a big part in Bury signing Mozika.

The pair played in the same Chester side that was relegated from League Two in 2008/09, when Mozika made a positive start to his English career but barely featured in the second half of the season after a fall-out with the club.

Mozika played in Iran last term for Tarbiat Yazd before seeking a return to the UK in the summer.

Attitude

And after recommending Mozika to Knill, Lowe feels he deserves some recognition for helping bring the all-action midfielder to the club.

"I've said to the gaffer, 'I want some credit for that!'" he joked. "I played with him at Chester, and he was just what we needed, before we got relegated.

"He was a breath of fresh air. He was tackling, tracking people back, bombing forward, breaking the play up, and we all thought 'who's this fella?'

"We all knew he was a good player, but then things turned sour at Chester and he left. He went off to Iran and then his agent contacted the gaffer.

"He asked me what he was like and I explained to him how he was and what type of lad he is, and he's a great lad.

"His English is getting better, but people speak to him through me because I can catch what he's saying. I'm not saying I'm good at French but I can understand him from being with him at Chester for more or less a year."