Garner: Boston United would love to keep hold of keeper Stryjek

Max Stryjek.
Max Stryjek.

Scott Garner says he would love to have Max Stryjek back at the Jakemans Stadium next season.

The Boston United captain has echoed manager Dennis Greene’s hopes of keeping the Polish youth international at the club.

Eighteen-year-old Stryjek impressed the Pilgrims during his loan spell from Premier League Sunderland, which saw him take his place between the sticks for the final 12 games of the season.

The youngster was given a baptism of fire during his United debut, picking the ball out of his net twice within the opening five minutes of his first taste of senior football.

But the Pilgrims bounced back to defeat Harrogate Town 5-2, with Boston unbeaten in each of those games that Stryjek played - winning seven and drawing five.

During those contests Stryjek kept six clean sheets, conceding just eight times.

He even made two superb saves in the penalty shootout which saw Chorley progress to the Vanarama North’s play-off final at Boston’s expense.

“He’s brilliant Max is, he will go right to the top,” said Garner, tipping his teammate to push his way into the Black Cats’ first team.

“He’s 18-years-old and performing like that, it’s amazing.

“You fancy him to save everything, he’s that good.

“We wish him all the best and if he was to come back here next season that’d be unbelievable.

“But I’m sure hes destined for other, bigger and better things.”

Greene has announced that keeping the young Polish keeper on loan is his top priority for the summer months, even if the Sunderland coaches are looking to test their young protege at a higher level, either this upcoming season or in the future.

And don’t rule out further young hopefuls arriving from Wearside next season, using the Pilgrims as a good opportunity to cut their teeth in the men’s game.

Boston and the Black Cats have enjoyed a good working relationship over the past couple of seasons, with young talents such as Liam Agnew, Liam Marrs, David Ferguson, Joel Dixon, Stryjek and Tom McNamee all joining Greene’s side on loan.

And in last week’s Standard, Greene also hinted that he will again be looking to bolster his squad with young loanees next season.

At present the Pilgrims have fellow keeper Sam Vince signed on for next season.

The youngster played 11 times for United last season.

He also made 12 appearances in the 2013-14 campaign and turned out once the previous year.