From Russia with goals! Marc Newsham believes Kazan experience can see him hit the ground running at Boston United

Marc Newsham.
Marc Newsham.

Striker Marc Newsham believes that his Great Britain call-up will help him hit the ground running when the new season begins.

Last season’s leading scorer will be part of the 20-man squad which flies out to compete in the World Student Games in Kazan, Russia, on Saturday.

“The best way to get to full match fitness could possibly be having two weeks out there,” said Newsham, who will link up with former United teammate Kieran Murphy in the squad.

“I know what pre-season’s like at Boston, you get worked hard.

“But I’m already doing my own schedule to get ready.”

Newsham will miss the opening two friendlies - against Lincoln United and Spalding United - but will return in time for the remainder of the club’s warm-up contests.

Last season was the most successful of Newsham’s four campaigns at York Street, scoring 30 of his 86 competitive goals for the club and retaining his Player of the Year award.

Now he hopes he can continue to score the goals.

He added: “That’s always the aim, to progress and keep getting better.

“It was a really good season for me personally. After I got 20 goals, reaching the 30 mark was my aim, and I got there in the end.

“The Player of the Year award was a bonus on top really. Nobody sets out to get that at the start of the season, it’s just nice to get something like that.

“Now I’ll just do my best to get better.”

Since Newsham signed his contract extension with the Pilgrims, keeper Ashley Timms, defender Carl Piergianni, midfielder Gary Mills, utility man Peter Bore and striker Ricky Miller have all joined Dennis Greene’s side.

Commenting on his new teammates, Newsham added: “I played against Piergianni when he was with Corby last season.

“He’s a big, strong centre half and looks a good signing.

“Mills is a good central midfield player and will bring a lot to the club.

“And I know about Ricky Miller, he’s scored a lot of goals.”

But what about Timms?

Newsham scored past the stopper last season, during the Pilgrims’ 4-2 victory at relegated Hinckley United.

So will the forward be giving his new teammate some ribbing when they meet up in pre-season?

“He was unlucky with Hinckley last season,” Newsham added.

“He looked a good keeper when we played against him.

“We may have won 4-2 that day, but he made some really good saves as well.

“Besides, he’s a big lad, so I probably won’t be mentioning my goal to him.”