PILGRIMS new signing Adam Boyes has arrived at York Street promising goals to kick-start his career.
And manager Paul Hurst has told the striker to back up his words by firing Boston United to glory at Worcester City on Saturday.
Twenty-year-old Boyes has suffered a frustrating 18 months at Championship outfit Scunthorpe United, where he made just one first-team appearance.
And now the 6ft 2in target man is looking to take his anger out on Blue Square Bet North opponents.
“Adam’s told us he wants to get a proper chance to show what a good player he is,” Hurst told The Standard. “Sometimes it’s easy to give lip service, so we want him to come in and do a job for us and put in some good performances.”
Before signing for Scunthorpe for an undisclosed fee, Boyes made 10 appearances for Blue Square Bet Premier side York City, including a run out in the FA Trophy final at Wembley, where the Minstermen were beaten 2-0 by Stevenage Borough.
In those 10 appearances, the one-time Manchester United trialist scored twice.
Hurst said he and fellow boss Rob Scott had been tracking Boyes for some time and hoped to bring him in on loan.
However, with The Iron and the striker agreeing to terminate his contract, the Pilgrims were able to snap him up on non-contract terms.
With Mikel Suarez moving on to Worksop Town, Boyes could be seen as another target man option, alongside Danny Davidson.
However, Hurst says that may not be the case.
He added: “Danny’s very mobile for a big man so it doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll be one or the other, although that’s mostly been the case in the past.”
Saturday’s trek to Stalybridge Celtic was postponed due to a frozen pitch, leaving the Pilgrims time to rest their walking wounded. Defenders Shaun Pearson and Lee Canoville are expected to return from injury to bolster the backline,
Ryan Semple (hamstring) remains a doubt and defender Kieran Murphy is still recovering from a fractured foot.
Worcester scored a late winner to knock the Pilgrims out of the FA Cup this season, and Hurst added that maybe the 3-2 defeat will act as an incentive on Saturday (KO 3pm).
He said: “It’s our job to prepare the players for the game and try to win three points. But if this is at the back of their minds and it makes them more determined then we think that could be an advantage.”