Constan-time! Boston United boss Lee has faith in Leon

Jason Lee celebrates his opening goal. Below, Shane Clarke taunts the Boston fans after equalising and Alan White wins a header. Photos: David Shipman.
Jason Lee celebrates his opening goal. Below, Shane Clarke taunts the Boston fans after equalising and Alan White wins a header. Photos: David Shipman.

BOSTON United boss Jason Lee says Pilgrims fans are yet to see the best of Leon Constantine.

The player-manager says it will take time for the 33-year-old striker to get back to full fitness following a recurring knee injury.

But he is willing to be patient, adding: “I want to give Leon as many minutes as possible on the pitch. He’s working on his fitness and we know it’ll take him a little while to get ready.

“We know you can spend all the time in the gym, but there’s nothing like playing games.”

Constantine – who opened his Pilgrims account by scoring his 101st career goal in the 4-2 FA Trophy defeat at Dartford - spent the summer sidelined and missed out on his first pre-season in 13 years, something he admitted can affect a player’s preparation both physically and mentally.

“It affects you, but I can’t harp on about that,” the striker said.

“I’m here and I’ve got to get my head down and do the work.

“Hopefully, I can get through it (the knee injury). It just happened and I don’t know how.

“It’s been a bit of a downer, but hopefully I can have an impact for Boston United now.

“I’m used to playing during the off season to keep myself fit. To not do anything has been a bit of a disappointment. All I can do is work hard and get sharper.”