BURY have received the perfect boost ahead of tonight's clash with league leaders Millwall - Liverpool striker Jon Newby is set to sign for another month.

Newby was originally at Gigg for a one-month loan but he has loved his spell at the club and Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier is more than happy for the promising young striker to gain more first-team experience.

If the details can be sorted out it will be a massive boost for the Shakers who haven't lost a game since Newby joined six matches ago.

With the pacy 23-year-old in the team they have won four and drawn two and have gone from relegation candidates to having one eye on the play-offs.

"Everything is signed and sealed at our end and we are just waiting from the go-ahead from Liverpool," said chairman Terry Robinson. "They have a busy week what with the UEFA Cup and so it is difficult to get everything sorted out.

"Hopefully though there will be no problems and Jon will stay on."

Boss Andy Preece is delighted at the news but his main priority is gaining revenge tonight - by beating the team who started Bury's dreadful mid-season run of just one win in 16 matches.

The Shakers were flying in second place until losing 4-0 at Millwall in October. Then they went into freefall.

And Preece is determined to get revenge tonight.


"We all know where our bad run started, down at the Den, and we want to put it right," he said. "They are a good side and they deserve to be top but we are in form, we are playing well and scoring goals and it's just the time to play the leaders.

"It would be nice if a few more would come down and get behind us and see a good entertaining game.

"We are scoring freely now and although the pitch isn't the best we are creating a lot of chances and hopefully we can continue that against Millwall.

"The lads are up for it. It will be a good game and it would be nice to turn them over."

Kick off at Gigg Lane is 7.45pm with all under 16s allowed entry for just £1 and adult prices in the Cemetery End pegged back to a bargain £10.