Bastock junior sets his sights on a Football League career

Callum Bastock.
Callum Bastock.

Callum Bastock has his heart set on appearing for Grimsby Town in the Football League.

But the young goalkeeper - who has just been offered a professional contract with the Mariners - says he owes plenty of his success to Boston Town.

Callum Bastock (blue) acting as mascot at dad Paul's testimonial in 2001. ENGEMN00120130730104634

Callum Bastock (blue) acting as mascot at dad Paul's testimonial in 2001. ENGEMN00120130730104634

A knee injury saw last season brought to an abrupt halt in November, just as things were starting to go well for the Boston-based stopper.

As well as being a regular in the youth team, he was also acting as former Boston United keeper James McKeown’s understudy at Blundell Park.

But manager Paul Hurst retained his faith in the keeper, son of Pilgrims all-time appearance record-holder Paul, and has offered him the chance to prove himself again this term.

“I’m delighted, especially with my knee injury - I didn’t get much time playing last season,” Bastock told The Standard.

After watching Grimsby’s hopes of promotion to League Two ended by a play-off final penalty shootout defeat against Bristol Rovers at Wembley, Bastock is adamant that his side can finally return to the Football League by gaining promotion this upcoming season.

And once there, he hopes he can one day become the club’s first-choice stopper.

But it is a dream the teenager says owes a big part of to the faith Boston Town showed in him, allowing him to cut his teeth in the man’s game.

“Playing for Boston Town was massive for me,” said Bastock, who also had to battle Crohn’s disease as a youngster, something which made him consider quitting the sport.

“When I went to Grimsby I had that experience of playing the men’s game and that helped toughen me up.

“After my illness, Boston Town helped me fall back in love with football again and I owe the club a lot.

“When I made my debut I was on the end of an elbow from (current Town midfielder) Ollie Pinner. You learn from things like that.”

The blue side of Boston has already played its part in Bastock’s career, but what of United - the club once owned by his mum’s family and where his dad earned legendary status after playing more than 650 competitive fixtures?

“Boston United have been a big part of my football life and my family’s lives,” he added.

“I’ve been watching them since I was little.

“If the chance came to play for Boston one day I’d love that, definitely.

“But right now I’m thinking about Grimsby Town and helping them getting into the football league.”

And what about dad Paul who, in his mid-40s, still says it is still too early for him to hang up those gloves?

Could Bastock jnr enjoy an even more memorable career?

“I’m used to people talking about me as Paul Bastock’s son, I quite like it as I’ve always followed his career,” he added.

“But hopefully I can turn that around and one day people will be talking about him as Callum Bastock’s dad.

“I think he’d be proud, but he’ll still always want to be the main man.”