AS HE drove back into Boston, Gary Silk admitted to a strange feeling of deja vu.
It has been six years since the right back last pulled into York Street’s potholed car park as a Boston United player.
But yesterday evening (Tuesday), he returned to pull on the amber and black as the Pilgrims’ latest signing.
“I’ve been away, but its good to be back,” said Silk, who arrives as competition for the defensive role Conor Marshall and Lewis Sturman both have their eyes on.
“It does feel like a very long time, I’ve been at a few clubs since then.
“It was strange driving back into the town. I haven’t been back here since I left.
“Nothing seemed to have changed.”
Of course, some things have changed.
The towering Stump may be the first thing that catches the traveller’s eye on their arrival to town, that’s been the case for 700 years.
But at the Jakemans Stadium, things are very different.
When Silk arrived on loan from Portsmouth, he was a 21-year-old eager for more first-team experience, after loan spells wit Barnet and Wycombe Wanderers.
Boston were managed by Steve Evans and Jason Lee was merely a teammate.
Oh, and they were competing in League Two, not the Blue Square Bet North.
After completing 14 contest for Boston that season, Silk was one of seven Pilgrims who jumped ship to join Steve Thompson’s Notts County.
Alan White, Ian Ross, Lee Canoville, Austin McCann, Lawrie Dudfield and Lee were the others.
Now, in a bizarre twist of fate, McCann – currently plying his trade back in his native Scotland – is the only one of the seven not to have returned to play for United.
After leaving Meadow Lane, Silk plied his trade with Mansfield Town, Grimsby Town and even trained in pre-season with Lincoln City.
But as ‘things just didn’t happen there’ Silk was back on the market and snapped up by Lee, now his boss.
“Its the first experience I’ve had with him (Lee) as a manger,” Silk said after last night’s victory over a youthful Peterborough United XI.
“It’s been great so far, the lads like him and he’s very positive about his work.
“We’ll see how things go this season – but the first signs are good.”
Marc Newsham handed Boston a 37th-minute lead as he nodded home an inviting cross from Jason Stokes.
Three minutes after the break and Levi Wright slotted the Posh level.
But the hosts were the physically stronger side and dominated proceedings.
Ben Fairclough reminded those in attendance he still has a big part to play this season, smashing in Boston’s second off the crossbar from close range.
Defender Nathan Stainfield had the final say, powering home an Ian Ross corner – something we look likely to see plenty more of over the next nine months.