Greene faces task of selecting which trialists he wants in his Boston United squad

Karlton Watson.
Karlton Watson.

Dennis Greene said the Boston United fans would be ‘excited’ by the calibre of trialists the club has had training with them this summer... but now the Pilgrims boss has the task of starting to trim down his squad.

Some trialists have impressed during the opening two warm-up games - a 3-1 victory against Norwich City and a 1-0 defeat at Spalding United.

Greene originally hoped to use the match against the Canaries as a chance to cast his eye over the youthful team - whose line-up also included Cameroon international Sebastien Bassong - in a bid to perhaps sign up a couple of players on loan.

But, after the final whistle blew, his main concern was how he would trim his side down to a squad of 16.

After playing different XIs in each half and running the rule over a handful of trialists, Greene added: “You have seen 22 players there today and we’ll narrow it down because there are some trialists there.

“But we are committed, composed and fit.

“We created many other opportunities apart from the three that we scored.

“We’ve got a physicality about us, we’ve got players with pace, we’ve got players with composure.

“So, hopefully, between the lot of them we can find 16 players that will build us a decent campaign.”

So who are these trialists?

Among those facing Norwich City on Saturday was Elliot Hodge, a midfielder who rose through Notts County’s youth ranks.

He is also the son of former Nottingham Forest, Tottenham Hotspur and England midfielder Steve Hodge.

Also coming through the ranks in Nottingham was defender Karlton Watson, albeit with city rivals Forest.

Watson trained briefly with United last season, but he is back and hoping to make an impression.

Adrian Grociak - who played in the first half of Saturday’s victory against Norwich City - is a Polish right back looking to find a club.

Blake Thompson is an Australian midfielder, formerly with Gornal Athletic and Rushall Olympic.

Aaron Greene is a midfielder who spent last season with Chelmsford City.

He is the nephew of manager Dennis Greene.

Also turning out for United against the Canaries were Jay Dowie and Indy Aujla, who both finished the campaign with the club last season.

United are keen to retain Dowie, but he has previously told Dennis Greene that he hopes to secure a deal with a full-time club and may be looking at further trials this summer.

Greene introduced two further trialists to match action during Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat at Spalding United.

Danny Meadows and Michael Hollingworth are both former products of Nottingham Forest’s youth set-up, with the latter hailing from Boston.

Those trialists are hoping to be given another chance to show what they can do as United will host an Aston Villa XI on Saturday (KO 3pm).

On Monday they will take on a team from Nottingham Forest (KO 7.30pm).