STANLEY's returning hero Ian Craney could heap the pressure on under-fire Bury manager Chris Casper tomorrow.

The Reds snapped up former play-maker Craney on Tuesday on a three-month loan deal after the 25-year-old - who they had sold to Swansea for £150,000 in December - had struggled to get into Roberto Martinez's squad during the last few months.

And Craney comes into two big games for Stanley as they travel to struggling Bury for a local derby tomorrow and then they go to Valley Parade on Tuesday to face relegated Bradford City, whose home crowds average the 13,500 mark.

Bury boss Casper is feeling the heat after failing to win at Gigg Lane in nine months - 17 games - but it is also a big week for Stanley as they look to move up the table from 15th spot.

And the addition of Craney, who played a big part in the Conference-winning side, should give the fans and players alike a boost.
"I have come back here and I want to be successful - I want to win games," said the midfielder. "My first two games back are exciting ones with a local derby against Bury and a huge crowd expected at Bradford.

"And I know there are some important games for the club coming up and I want to play my part in them.

"The next six fixtures are ones we feel we can win and you never know, if we do, we could be in the top three which is where we want to be."

Confident Craney said he was pleased to come back to the FES where he has a lot of happy memories since he signed from Altrincham in June 2004 for £15,000.

He then made the switch to Swansea, signed by Kenny Jackett before Martinez took over in February.

"I have always kept in touch with John Coleman since I left Accrington, I have spoke to him regularly and he has asked about why I wasn't playing.

"He has enquired about me a couple of times but I wanted to stay at Swansea and give it a go.

"I loved it there for the first six months and I came back pre-season and felt like I was playing well.

"Then some other players came in and I was dropped for the first two games. I knew it was a squad system so I kept waiting and hoping for my chance.

"I kept on training and waiting but then I thought 'enough is enough'.

"I had the chance to go to a number of other clubs - including staying in League One - but I wanted to go to a club that I knew and where I knew I would enjoy my football again.

"Walking in was like I had never been away and I am sure I will soon take over the dressing room again!"

Craney is hoping to get the nod to make his second Stanley debut tomorrow and says he is feeling match-fit.

"Although I have not been playing for Swansea regularly I have played in the reserves and quite a few of the cup games so I have played six or seven times over the last month or so.

"You cannot beat playing regularly for the first team though but I feel fit and refreshed and John Coleman has brought me here to do a job. I will play anywhere and I can't wait to get going now."

Craney scored 13 goals in the Reds' Conference winning season and six before he left for the Liberty Stadium, initially on loan in November.

For the Swans, though, he has been playing a defensive midfield role and admits, if he does score his first League goal since November last year, it will be a day to remember.

"If I score tomorrow I promise you I will never stop running," he joked.

And the Liverpudlian is hoping he will get a decent reception from the Stanley fans.

"I hope to get one. I don't think I have done anything wrong, it was just one of those things - I had the chance to move up to play at a higher level and I took it.

"And if I don't, I will just put the ball in the stanchion like I did before so they will have to cheer me!"

Coleman was delighted to get popular midfielder back.

He said: "I have asked about him three or four times and I am pleased it has come off.

"He is a good player, he has an infectious spirit in the dressing room, he wants to play football, he wasn't happy he wasn't playing and he wanted to come here.

"He is in line for tomorrow. We are midfielders-r-us at the moment and we have a strong squad and competition for places which is what I have wanted."