Dayle departure could aid United

Dayle Southwell.
Dayle Southwell.

Dennis Greene believes that losing Dayle Southwell and Zak Mills to Football League clubs will only aid Boston United’s future recruitment.

This summer has seen the National League North’s leading scorer Southwell move to Wycombe Wanderers, while defender Mills rejected a contract offer to link up with newly-promoted Grimsby Town.

And although Greene is sad to see his young players leave the Jakemans Stadium, he remains happy to see them further their careers.

“I’m over the moon for them,” Greene said.

“Of course, we would love to have kept them here, but they were always going to go on to bigger things.

“That’s the way it should be.”

Greene, however, refuses to be disheartened at losing Southwell and Mills, along with the division’s player of the year Carl Piergianni, who has hung up his boots to go travelling.

Instead, he believes the success those three have had on the pitch will only sway others to want to come to United.

And now he wants summer recruits Courtney Wildin, Callum Chippendale and Kalern Thomas to be among the latest crop of kids to excel with the Pilgrims.

Greene added: “Because of our position we look to bring in hungry, young players who want to prove themselves.

“And if they can do that then it benefits us as they do well for the team, and them as they could get a move to a Football League club.

“I think young players recognise that and it makes them want to play their football here.

“They know it’s a chance to play at a good level in front of a big crowd and it’s great experience for them.

“If they excel then they can have a bright future.

“We’ve brought in some talented young players this summer and hopefully one day they can also make the step up.”

United and Wycombe have agreed an undisclosed fee for Southwell.

Because he is less than 23 years old, a tribunal would have been forced to fix a price had the two parties now been able to find a compromise.

Speaking of Southwell, who scored 54 times in two seasons, United chairman David Newton added: “The club would like to put on record our thanks to Dayle for the hard work and dedication that he showed while playing at Boston United.

“We are delighted that Dayle has progressed to such an extent where he will now be playing professional football at LeagueTwo level.

“We wish him well and look forward to watching his career develop further.”