“THAT’S the first position sorted, now for the others.” Those were the words spoken by Boston United Reserves manager Martyn Bunce after unveiling his new goalkeeping options ahead of the upcoming Lincs League season.
Youngsters Michael Emery, 21, and Sam Vince, 16, will begin the campaign vying for the number one spot.
Emery made 10 appearances for Blue Square Bet North rivals Gainsborough Trinity last season, but was willing to join his home-town club as he bids to work his way into Jason Lee’s first-team options.
Keepers Dan Haystead and Ricky Drury may have their own thoughts on that, but after tasting BSBN football, Emery is hungry for more.
Despite being from the town, this is the first time Emery has been approached by the Pilgrim sand couldn’t turn down the offer.
He has formerly been on the books of Rushden and Diamonds, where he trained with United’s all-time appearance record holder Paul Bastock, who continues to mentor both him and Drury.
Vince is a product of the club’s youth academy, and Bunce was pleased to secure his services following interest from Lincoln City.
Vince, who is tipped for a bright future with the club, will still be available for the club’s under 18s.
However, he fits in perfectly with Bunce’s ethos of attempting to bring youngsters through from the academy into the first team.
Newly-appointed Bunce, himself a former stopper on the Pilgrims’ books and the current Centre of Excellence goalkeeping coach, was eager to sort out the role between the posts early on in his tenure.
He added: “Michael’s an ambitious keeper who want to progress and he’s someone we’re happy to bring in.
“It’s the same with Sam. We’re very pleased that we’ve got him to join us.
“He’s a young lad and may not be playing in every game, but he’ll get his chances.”
“I am delighted to have two talented keepers onboard for the new season.”
For an interview with Emery, see the Boston Standard, out Wednesday.