Boston United sign defender Kalern Thomas as boss Greene says club is a great platform for young players to shine

Kalern Thomas.
Kalern Thomas.

Boston United have signed right back Kalern Thomas.

The 22-year-old spent last season with Corby Town in the National League North.

With the arrival of Thomas, manager Dennis Greene is close to completing the nine signings he has earmarked for this summer.

He looks to be on the brink of bringing another young, yet-to-be-named defender to the Jakemans Stadium, which would leave him with just a keeper on his wish list as Fabian Spiess looks unlikely to accept the deal on the table.

Attackers Waide Fairhurst and Callum Chippendale, midfielder Shane Clarke and defenders Courtney Wildin, Nat Brown and Joe Maguire have all penned contracts with the Jakemans Stadium club this summer.

Despite being pleased with the experience he has brought in, Greene is adamant that Boston remains a place for youngsters such as Thomas, Wildin and Chippendale to grow as players.

“We’re a great place for young players to make a name for themselves,” he said.

“You look at players like Carl Piergianni and Dayle Southwell, after playing for Boston there isn’t anyone in non-league football who doesn’t know all about them.

“They were both named in the National League North’s team of the year - not many clubs can say they’ve had that.

“It’s the same for (Jay) Rollins, (Kaine) Felix and other players we’ve had here - Boston is a great platform for them to make everyone take note.”

With number one Spiess looking likely to follow on from the likes of Scott Garner, Zak Mills, Dayle Southwell and Carl Piergianni and turn down his contract offer, Greene is adamant that he wants a full-time keeper rather than looking to the loan market.

“We need to have a settled side from pre-season onwards,” he continued.