Carl Piergianni says that the departure of Stefan Galinski will be a ‘massive loss’ to Boston United - but believes the move is in his former teammate’s best interests.
The two central defenders have formed a close friendship both on and off the pitch after playing alongside one another for the past three seasons at both Corby Town and Boston United.
But with Galinski finding starts hard to come by this campaign he has made the move to Vanarama North rivals Stalybridge Celtic.
“It’s a massive loss to the club and to me on a personal level,” Piergianni told The Standard.
“It’s my third season with Stef and he’s one of the nicest lads you’ll ever meet.
“But he’s good enough to be playing every week in this league.”
Since the two defenders arrived at the Jakemans Stadium in the summer of 2013, Piergianni has become the lynchpin of Boston’s backline, starting 75 of the club’s 79 competitive matches, missing the other four contests through suspension.
Galinski has also seen his fair share of action.
But of the 51 appearances he has made in amber and black, only 23 came as a member of the starting XI.
And with Zak Mills moving ahead of the former Poland youth international in the pecking order, Galinski joined Celtic on loan in search of game time, a move he made permanent on Tuesday.
“We’re happy for him going because he can get games at Stalybridge,” Piergianni continued.
“He’s already been doing brilliantly on loan there.
“I wish Stef all the best and I’m sure everyone at Boston wishes Stef all the best.”
A stipulation in Galinski’s move means he will be ineligible to feature against the Pilgrims when the two sides meet at Bower Fold on April 11.
But with both players under contract at their clubs until the end of next season, Piergianni is looking forward to one day lining up against his former teammate.
“It will be interesting,” he added.
“I’ll give him a bit of stick and I’m sure he’ll be up for that as well.
“But it’ll be fun to play against him.”