Canoville ready to axe unwanted trialists

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LEE Canoville says he is ready to wield the axe - and get rid of the Boston United trialists he doesn’t think have a future at York Street.

Saturday could be D-Day for a number of Pilgrims hopefuls as Canoville and fellow boss Jason Lee say there is no point in stringing along the players they won’t be offering contracts to.

When asked if he was close to making a decision about who will stay and who will go, Canoville said: “Yes we are. It’s not fair to keep people hanging around, me and Jason are going to have a meeting and chat about a few things.

“I’m sure by the end of the week, or the start of next week, we’ll know who’ll be staying and who will be going.”

Some trialists will probably be dumped before the weekend as Canoville says he and Lee will be looking to use less players for Saturday’s pre-season friendly at Boston Town (KO 3pm).

A total of 22 squad members, fringe players and trialists were used in last night’s 3-3 draw at Arnold Town, each player being handed 45 minutes of action.

However, the Boston bosses want to start concentrate on giving their signed-on players more minutes to boost their match fitness, which means less chances for trialists to impress.

Ex-Pilgrims Liam Parker, Julian Joachim, Matt Hocking, Adam Millson and Jamie Stevens are all hoping to earn a return to the Jakemans Stadium.

Alex Thompson, the teenage son of former Pilgrims defender Steve, and Montserrat international Jaylee Hodgson are also looking to impress.

One player unlikely to be cast aside this week is Joachim.

The Boston-born ex-Aston Villa striker has impressed Canoville and Lee over the past fortnight, the veteran seemingly still belssed with pace despite turning 37 later this year.

“We’re very pleased with Jockey’s fitness,” added Canoville.

“He asked if he could train with us and that’s alerted me and Jason to what he can do.

“We’ve been delighted with him and he’ll keep coming in. We’ll probably see a bit more of him.”