Gary Mills will be eased back into action as he makes his return from a long-term injury, says Boston United boss Dennis Greene.
The 32-year-old played for the first time since December 29 last night, being given a run out for the final 30 minutes of the Pilgrims’ 2-1 friendly victory at Lincoln United.
It was as a Lincoln City player that Mills suffered a a torn posterior cruciate ligament and medial ligament damage in a 1-1 draw with Gateshead last year.
Since then, the midfielder has cut a frustrated figure on the sidelines as he forced his way back to full fitness.
“We’ll just nurture him,” Greene told The Standard.
“We thought the game (against Lincoln United) would be competitive and we didn’t want Gary getting caught up in anything too physical.
“We were hoping the scoreline would be a little bit more flattering towards us so he could get a feel of the ball earlier on.
“He came through it fine for half an hour and showed some nice touches on the ball. He did well.”
Another player in for praise was Ben Milnes.
Greene was impressed with the midfielder who penned a deal with the club prior to kick off.
“It’s good news as he showed once again what a nice tidy player he is,” Greene added.
“He’s looked good again and worked hard in pre-season.
“Tonight he looked tidy while he was on the pitch.”
Stefan Galinski, a Polish youth international and former Derby County trainee, played the second half last night, and Greene believes it will only be a matter of time until he becomes a Pilgrim.
The manager continued: “We’ll speak to him, it’s only a case of agreeing something.
“He hasn’t trained with us yet, and he was booting the ball up the pitch a bit, so we need to nurture him a little bit and stop him doing that.
“He defended competently. He talks well and he’s a big, strong lad.”
Ricky Miller grabbed both United’s goals with two similar finishes across the face of goal from the left-hand side.
“He’s more or less had two or three chances and scored two. If he can keep doing that it’ll be great,” Greene said.
“There were quite a few positives (from the match).
“We looked like it was our first game but we tried to be patient and pass the ball.
“They always had something to fight for, but if you look at the overall 90 minutes we gifted them one shot and they scored with a decent goal.
“Overall, I’m pretty happy.”