Boston United set to bring in Sunderland defender McNamee, but can they hold on to fellow Black Cat Joel Dixon?

Joel Dixon.
Joel Dixon.

Boston United are looking to further bolster their ranks by bringing in Sunderland defender Tom McNamee on loan.

Manager Dennis Greene believes the central defender can help strengthen the squad, as well as free up his current players to take on other positions within the team.

The Pilgrims had hoped to bring the youngster in ahead of the New Year’s Day draw at Lowestoft and yesterday’s 5-0 drubbing of Colwyn Bay, but the move was postponed following a training ground injury.

McNamee is expected to play in a friendly match against Nuneaton on Saturday before his loan becomes official.

“It’s a lad from Sunderland, Tom Macnamee, who was going to come in before the two games but he rolled his ankle in training,” Greene told The Standard.

“He’ll be fit for the 17th (away at Harrogate). We’ll try to have a friendly on Saturday and then his loan will start the following Saturday.

“We don’t want to use two weeks of his loan up now.”

McNamee will become the latest in a long line of Sunderland under 21 stars who have joined the Pilgrims on loan.

Joel Dixon, Liam Marrs, David Ferguson and Liam Agnew have all impressed during spells at the Jakemans Stadium.

Greene added: “They cost us nothing and the pedigree’s excellent - when have we had a bad player come from Sunderland?

“I watch Sunderland games and know a lot of their under 21 players from watching games.

“And when you’re short in certain areas you know there are certain players we can dip in to help us.”

Greene also hopes McNamee’s arrival will free his squad players up to impress elsewhere.

With Stefan Galinski about to make his loan move at Stalybridge Celtic permanent, the Pilgrims are left with Carl Piergianni, Scott Garner, Zak Mills and Conor Marshall as central defensive options.

However, Garner has been doing well in a midfield stopper’s role, Mills is arguably more effective in his preferred right back slot and Marshall is more regularly utilised as a midfielder.

McNamee will be the latest arrival in a busy week of team rebuilding for the Pilgrims.

Striker Alex Simmons has joined on loan from Lincoln City while winger Nicky Walker, formerly of Rotherham United, and ex-Gainsborough and Histon midfielder Grant Roberts have both signed on.

Greg Tempest has extended his loan spell from Notts County until the end of the season, but fellow Magpie Kyle Dixon has moved to AFC Telford United.

Keeper Joel Dixon’s loan stay from Sunderland ended following yesterday’s victory.

He looks set to join Conference Premier Alfreton Town, but the two clubs are currently debating whether or not the move should have a recall clause.

If the two sides cannot agree, Greene hopes the Pilgrims may be able to keep hold of the stopper until the end of the season.