BOSTON United new boy Chris Hall says that helping Alfreton Town to the Blue Square Bet North title last season means nothing to him.
After making just 11 appearances for the Reds in their promotion-winning campaign, and finishing the term on loan at Stocksbridge Park Steels, the 28-year-old refuses to celebrate his former employers’ success.
He turned down the offer of a contract extension with Alfreton - instead opting to try to help Boston, the town of his birth, back into the Conference.
“I don’t count last season as a success for me,” Hall told The Standard.
“I wasn’t involved in the title celebrations as I was on loan at Stocksbridge.
“I haven’t really been to Alfreton since February.
“That makes me more determined to do well with Boston. I’d love to be able to help them achieve what Alfreton did last season.”
And Hall has no doubt that the Pilgrims will be a force to be reckoned with this season.
He watched from the sidelines as Boston earned two victories over Alfreton last campaign.
Danny Sleath bagged the winner at the Impact Arena, while that memorable night at York Street saw Marc Newsham, Sleath and Shaun Pearson on target in a 3-2 success.
Hall added: “I’ve seen what Boston can do. That second game was unbelievable - to come from 2-0 down proved what a good side they are.”
“I know a few players have left - but the ones they’ve kept are of a high standard,” said Hall, who has played alongside Lee Canoville, Ryan Semple and Newsham previously in his career.
“A couple more signings and the club will push on.”
However, in order to achieve his goal, Hall’s first aim is to become a regular in Canoville and Jason Lee’s starting XI, helping him to draw a line under a frustrating couple of seasons.
Back in 2006, Hall was part of the Burton Albion side that held Manchester United to a goalless draw in an FA Cup tie, the attacker also appearing in the replay at Old Trafford, which United won 5-0.
But after leaving the Brewers in 2007, Hall admits his career has not followed the path he hoped it would.
Hall fits very much into the ‘young and hungry’ camp, the type of player United are looking to build a successful squad around.
But he also has the added bite of a player with a point to prove.
A decent first season at Gainsborough was followed by a frustrating term when he found himself in and out of the team, similar to the last campaign at the Impact Arena.
And now he sees a successful spell at the Jakemans Stadium as the chance to break the ‘vicious cycle’ he finds himself trapped in.
“It’s been frustrating for me over the past few seasons,” Hall added.
“Things have not really gone the way I wanted them to. I haven’t really progressed.
“I’ve been in and out of teams. I feel I need to be involved more.
“Things have been disappointing as I’ve not had a real run in a side.
“You need to be playing regularly to improve your game - it’s a vicious cycle.
“I’m not expecting an instant starting place at Boston, I know I’ve got to prove myself.”
The attacker - who is seen as a replacement for Jamie Yates, who made the switch to Gainsborough three weeks ago - began his career as a striker but has spent the last few seasons playing in a wider role.
However, Hall - who was raised in Lincoln but actually born in Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital - is just eager for pitch time.
“The managers haven’t spoken to me about the role they want me to play,” he said.
“I’m sure they’ll assess that during pre-season.
“Right now I’m just looking forward to playing for Boston United.”