Jack Andrews could be given his introduction to senior football tonight – and Jason Lee believes the teenager is man enough for the challenge.
The Nottingham Forest academy player began his month-long loan with Boston United on Monday, and he goes straight into the squad which travels to face Gloucester City (KO 7.45pm).
It won’t be an easy task for the 19-year-old defender - especially as he joins a side looking for their first win in six matches - but Lee believes he has the talent to make the transition.
He told The Standard: “I know what academy football’s like, it’s playing on great surfaces.
“But he’s coming to us over that Christmas period, where pitches won’t be beautiful and lovely.
“We’ll play some teams that may be more direct than he’s used to and it’s an education for him.
“It’s up to him to show he can handle it physically. If he can then brilliant.
“Can he cope with Conference North football? He’ll have to show that.”
On Saturday, United travel to face Vauxhall Motors (KO 3pm).
Also on Saturday, York Street will host round three of the FA County Youth Cup, with Lincs FA under 18s hosting Manchester under 18s.
Pilgrims Charley Sanders, Joe Briers, Jordan Nuttell, Aaron Eyett and Charlie Rossington are all involved (KO 1pm).
Entrance is £2 (£1 concessions).