DAN Haystead returns to York Street with a point to prove.
The new Boston United number one jumped at the chance to re-join the Pilgrims after his last spell with the club was cut short by a freak injury.
Dave Beasant once sidelined himself by dropping a bottle of salad cream on his foot and Spain’s Santiago Canizares missed a World Cup by doing likewise with aftershave.
And Haystead became yet another goalkeeper to pick up a bizarre injury when he damaged ankle ligaments tripping on a dog’s toy at home.
“It happens to other people, but I never once thought it’d happen to me,” conceded Haystead, who had to sit in the stands as Paul Bastock took his spot in goal for the Pilgrims’ final nine matches as they finished in the 2010-11 play-off spots.
“It was gutting to sit out and watch the club get into the play-offs,” Haystead told The Standard. “But fair play to him, he came in and did the job and helped them get there.
“He’s a top keeper, a top bloke and I was very pleased that we got the chance to train together.”
But with Bastock being released at the end of last season, Haystead was happy to answer manager Jason Lee’s call.
“I didn’t have a clue this was coming,” he added.
“After the last game of the season I got a call from the manager asking me if I’d like to come back – and my first answer was ‘yes’.
“Boston’s a well-run club, with good fans and I’ve still got something to prove.
“With my injury I felt like I never got a full chance to show what I can do.
“Hopefully, I can do that now.”
As well as remaining injury free next season, Haystead has another goal.
He said: “I want to put the performances in to win the fans over again.”
The keeper’s first spell with Boston saw him keep seven clean sheets in 14 matches, a ratio he’d love to emulate.
“I ended up with half of my games being clean sheets,” Haystead added.
“If I can do that again this season I’d be a happy man.
“This club should be going places and I want to be part of that.”