Bury achieved promotion back to League One on Saturday, following a successful campaign in England’s fourth tier. The promotion was secured in a 1-1 draw with Port Vale.

The Shakers have obviously had a season to remember, but there is one Scottish Premiership defender whose future is up in the air because of it. Motherwell’s Tom Aldred is currently on loan from Gigg Lane and his contract is up in the summer.

The Bury loanee’s deal with his parent club is up in the summer. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Aldred has been vital for the Steelmen this term and it’s somewhat a surprise he hasn’t been part of Ryan Lowe’s plans. With promotion in the bag for his side now though, where will that leave Aldred in the summer?

Aldred won’t be at Gigg Lane

Motherwell fans would no doubt love to have him back at Fir Park. He has been immense for the claret and amber side over two loan spells. Wages may provide an issue, but if the opportunity was there, Well boss Stephen Robinson would surely move for him.


Aldred is more than good enough to play for the Shakers. For some reason the fans have never liked Aldred and was chased out the club by them in the Summer. That itself is ridiculous, as he would be a welcome addition to their back three.

Lowe would benefit from Aldred’s services. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

It is unlikely the current Well defender will want to return to Gigg Lane in a few weeks time, and he’ll surely have plenty of offers on the table. One reported switch available to him according to The Sun would be a move to India.

This would be a lucrative move for the defender and one could certainly not begrudge him if money turned his head a little. If that doesn’t come to fruition though, Aldred could easily play in League One down south. Aldred could possibly even play for a team in the Championship.

Regardless, it is very unlikely he’ll be a Bury player come the end of August. He wasn’t wanted in League Two and they’re unlikely to require his services after promotion.

Robinson would no doubt love to bring his central mainstay back to Lanarkshire. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Motherwell would no doubt want him back for a permanent spell, but money may be a deciding factor in where Aldred ends up.

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