Conor Marshall admits he couldn’t believe the news when he learned that Nathan Stainfield and Tom Ward had quit the club - but he is still backing Boston United to come good this season.
Marshall, Peter Bore and Carl Piergianni are currently the Pilgrims’ only recognised defenders, after the two centre backs opted to move on.
“It was a shock. I didn’t believe it when I was told the two players had gone,” Marshall told The Standard.
“I spoke to Nathan a few weeks before he made his decision, so when I heard he’d left I couldn’t believe it.
“But I’ll still be at Boston. I’m happy here.”
Marshall will sit down with manager Dennis Greene during pre-season and thrash out the finer points of this season’s deal.
Despite not yet knowing who he will be lining up alongside in defence this season, he remains confident that the Pilgrims can have a successful year.
“These things happen, players move on,” he added.
“It’s up to us as players to bond quickly.
“But the one thing I know about Dennis is that he’s got his head screwed on. If he wants something then he’ll make sure we do everything we can to get it.
“It’s the same as every season, we want to be up there.”
The Pilgrims play their first pre-season friendly at Lincoln United on July 16.
After reporting back for training on Saturday, Marshall is desperate for match action.
“I get nervous before pre-season every year,” he added.
“It’s those butterflies you get when you’re excited.
“I can’t wait. I just want to play in every match.”