POACHERS boss Martyn Lakin has been left searching for fresh talent after playmaker Paul Goodhand announced he was joining rivals Holbeach United - by text message.
Midfielder Goodhand’s decision to switch to United Counties League Premier rivals the Tigers ends his eight-year stint as a fans’ favourite at Tattershall Road.
He will be joined at Carter’s Park by Lawrence Lambley and Adam Jackson, who have also opted to leave Boston Town to join John Chand’s side.
Lakin was fuming at the manner of his players’ departure - just a week before the club’s pre-season training began last night (Tuesday).
He told The Standard: “I’m disappointed with how this has happened.
“Paul sent me a text to say he was leaving. I think that’s a poor showing to be honest.
“I’m upset how he and Loz (Lambley) have both departed from the club after telling me they wanted to re-sign just six weeks ago.
“Back then Paul told me he’d sign a contract with us there and then if I had one available.”
Defender Lambley was one of the youngsters Lakin had hoped to build a legacy of successful Town sides around in the years to come.
So losing him, alongside Jackson, will come as a hammer blow to the Tattershall Road club.
“To be honest, I think we’ll miss Loz a lot more than Paul.
“Paul was injured for a lot of last year while Loz played a big part throughout the season.
“I felt he was taking great steps forward as a player with us.
“They’ve both told me they want to move to Holbeach. I have to accept that but I’m just disappointed they didn’t decide to stay with Boston Town.
“I was disappointed to finish seventh last season - but I saw plenty of positives I hoped we could build upon.”
Both Goodhand and Lambley have played under Chand when he managed Boston’s Magnet Tavern, which reached the FA Carlsberg Sunday Cup final in 2010, before losing out to Hetton Lyons.
Former Town defender Lewis Brooks has also penned a deal with the Tigers.
Lakin has now upped his player recruitment and is also open to hearing from players who think they can make the grade at UCL level.
Town will host pre-season training on Tuesday and Thursday nights at Tattershall Road (7pm).
The Poachers boss is keen to hear from wannabe trialists hoping to earn a place in the UCL.
“We hope we can unearth a few gems,” Lakin told The Standard.
“Maybe people in the area or those who have recently moved to the area and are looking for a club.
“There may be some foreign nationals in the area who could fit into the side.”
Anyone interested in trying out is asked to contact the club via their website www.bostontownfc.co.uk
Lakin is also currently looking for a new addition to his coaching staff after Mark Schiavi left the club.
Rob Speechley remains as Lakin’s number two at Tattershall Road.