BOSTON Town have re-signed utility man Sam Kirton... and hope to add former Aston Villa forward Julian Joachim to the squad this week.
Last week, The Standard revealed that the ex-Premier League striker had agreed to link-up with the Poachers squad for pre-season training.
Thirty-seven-year-old Joachim - who grew up in the town before carving out a successful career with the likes of Leicester City, Coventry City, Leeds United and Boston United – met with Town managers Matt Hocking and Ian Dunn for the first time at training last night (Tuesday).
They now hope to sell the club to him before sitting down and bashing out a deal with director of football Lori Borbely and chairman Mick Vines by the end of the week.
“We’ve been speaking and he’s still keen to join us,” Hocking told The Standard.
“Loris’ been away and he comes back on Wednesday (today).
“Then we can all sit down later this week and put something to him (Joachim).”
Hocking, who trained with Joachim at Boston United in pre-season 12 months ago, believes the attacker can still offer something to the team.
“He’s a quality player,” he added.
“He’s a striker who’s played in the Premier League so he will always be dangerous.
“He’s not the same man he was 10 years ago.
“He won’t still be running into the channels for 90 minutes, but I’d rather be playing with him than against him.”
Last week, Kirton was among those to pledge his future to Town, joining the likes of Luke Wilson, Jack Smith, Chris Wright, Shane Clancy and Borbely on the Poachers’ books next term.
Dunn was pleased to keep hold of the player who joined from Sleaford Town last season.
He said: “He’s a young lad but he’s been the fittest in pre-season by a mile.
“We did a mile run last week and he was first back.
“He’s a good player and can do a job anywhere down the left side.”
The Poachers have also offered a deal to Craig Parker, who played at Tatershall Road last term.
However, he is currently training with Deeping Rangers.