Done deals! Chairman Newton happy with Boston United contract offers

Dennis Greene watches Grant Roberts, Dayle Southwell, Zak Mills and Mak Jones put pen to paper.
Dennis Greene watches Grant Roberts, Dayle Southwell, Zak Mills and Mak Jones put pen to paper.

Chairman David Newton believes that Boston United are making all the right moves to allow them to hit the ground running next season.

On Thursday Pilgrims leading scorer Dayle Southwell, plus defender Zak Mills and midfielder Grant Roberts all signed deals to keep them at the Jakemans Stadium until the end of next season.

In-form forward Mark Jones also penned a pre-contract agreement, keeping him at the club when his Spalding United deal expires this summer.

And with captain Scott Garner, plus Kyle Dixon, Carl Piergianni, Sam Vince and Kaine Felix also tied to the team next season, Newton says the deals are both a statement of intent and good business sense for a club with high expectations.

“It gives us a good foundation for next season,” he told The Standard, hoping that a settled squad will mean less mid-season tweaks next term.

“We’re not writing off this season at all, we’re still in the mix and hoping to get into the play-offs.

“For the last two or three seasons, we’ve been assembling a squad until Christmas, and we’ve vowed not to do that this year.”

Newton admitted that offering so many contracts to players has ‘stretched’ the club’s finances ‘a little bit’ - but he has no qualms about ensuring rival clubs can’t poach his top performers.

“I worry about offering long contracts to players I don’t know,” he added.

“We know all these guys and they’re proven to us. We’re really happy.

“We’re getting the consistency we need.”