Bury sign Northern Ireland striker David Healy on one-year deal

David Healy

Bury have signed Northern Ireland striker David Healy on a 12-month deal.

The 33-year-old was a free agent after leaving Rangers in the summer and had recently approached former club Preston in the hope of earning a contract.

Healy is his country's record goalscorer, having scored 35 times in 93 senior international appearances.

Bury have also added former Leicester midfielder Shane Byrne to their squad and the club hope both will be involved against Coventry on Saturday.

Healy has scored 98 goals for nine clubs during his career.

He approached Preston manager Graham Westley last week in the hope of earning a contract at Deepdale.

But after careful consideration, Westley decided against offering a deal to the former Manchester United trainee.

Healy's departure from North End in 2004, and his celebrations when scoring against them for Leeds shortly afterwards, soured relations between himself and many Preston supporters.

Meanwhile, goalkeeping coach Anthony Williams has left Gigg Lane and will join former Bury manager Richie Barker at League One rivals Crawley Town.