New Boston United keeper Ashley Timms has revealed that he turned down offers from Football League clubs to join the Pilgrims.
The former Manchester City stopper penned a deal at York Street yesterday, but the amber and blacks weren’t his only suitors.
“I had an offer to go to a good League One side for pre-season, and a couple of League Two sides,” he told The Standard.
“But I knew I wasn’t guaranteed first-team football.
“I want to be playing regularly, and Boston made it clear I would be their number one.”
Another reason which saw Timms opt to sign for Boston was because he believes that United’s ambitions, and those of boss Dennis Greene, match his own.
He continued: “Boston is an ex-Football League club that still gets around 1,000 fans every week.
“It’s a sleeping giant of non-league football.
“The manager impressed me with the ambition he has for the club.
“This club should be in the Conference, at least, maybe the Football League.
“Hopefully, we can have a good season and get promoted.
“Boston’s a massive club that you just don’t say no to.”
The 6’4” giant became aware that the Pilgrims were interested in bringing him to the Jakemans Stadium about a week after United beat his Hinckley side at the Greene King Stadium in March.
Although Timms picked the ball out of his net four times in that 4-2 defeat, he was the stand-out performer that day, frustrating United with a number of top stops.
Timms says that Greene had been to watch him play for the Knitters a couple of times since that occasion, before selling the club to him last Tuesday.
Greene has also publically backed his new keeper, who has courted controversy off the pitch.
Timms has twice served time in prison, firstly for a blackmail charge and secondly for his part in a bank scam with links to NIgeria.
But the imposing keeper says those days are behind him and he is now concentrating on his future.
He continued: “I made mistakes when I was younger but I don’t want to go on about the past. I’m older and wiser now.
“I think that if I hadn’t had these things in my life and had time away from football then I would still be playing in the Football League.
“I want to concentrate on football now.”
Greene said: “Ashley is a top goalkeeper and we are fortunate to have him because other clubs were seriously interested in his services.
“I am only interested in what he does on the pitch and I am confident he will deliver the goods.”