Callum Walker may have left Boston Town just weeks into the new UCL Premier season - but Poachers boss Nathan Collins says he ‘couldn’t be happier’.
The young striker has switched the DWB Stadium for Gibraltar’s Europa Point FC.
“I couldn’t be happier,” said Collins, who also worked with the striker during his time at Grimsby Town’s youth set-up.
“Callum, to be fair to him, funded his own travel to go over there and it’s worked out for him.”
Collins prides himself on helping young members of his squad improve as players, and if that means they become good enough for higher-level teams to come calling then he accepts that as part of the game.
The situation works both ways for Town. They may lose players to higher-level clubs, but in doing so it aids their recruitment as they become an attractive option for clubless youngsters.
“When young players get released by clubs they’re often told they’ll get help to find a new club, but often their clubs don’t bother,” Collins added.
“As long as players are progressing and showing the right attitude then I don’t mind them moving on to higher levels.
“Some kids have been at pro clubs since they were nine-years-old and when they’re released they don’t know what to do.
“Hopefully, we can show them a good level of football.
“Callum Walker’s the first one who’s moved on like this, but I hope he’s not the last one.”
Indeed, Collins has already organised for a couple of his charges to trial for a Football League club’s reserve side in November.
He added: “We’ve got other young players who are good enough.”