Danny Sleath helps Great Britain to Universiade silver

Danny Sleath.
Danny Sleath.

BOSTON United midfielder Danny Sleath has helped Great Britain claim silver at the World University Games.

The 24-year-old - who played the most minutes of any GB player throughout the tournament - was part of the side which lost out in the final to tourament favourites Japan yesterday.

“It has been a brilliant experience. No Great Britain team has ever got the final before,” said Sleath, who was given permission to miss the start of the Pilgrims’ season by managers Jason Lee and Lee Canoville.

“We are bringing home a silver medal and I played the most minutes out of every player.

“Now I cannot wait to get back into the swing of things with Boston.”

The GB team earned a memorable penalty shoot-out victory over Brazil in their semi-final, before going down 2-0 to Japan in the final.

Sleath - who studies engineering at Loughborough University - was joined in Shenzhen, China, by former Pilgrims defender Kieran Murphy.

Another United old boy, Anthony Church, was also picked for the squad, but not given permission to fly out by current club Grimsby Town.

Sleath will now be back in contention for the Pilgrims for the Bank Holiday weekend double-header against Harrogate Town and FC Halifax Town, misses tonight’s clash at Nuneaton Town.