James Reed has a big part to play in Boston United’s season, says boss Dennis Greene.
The 18-year-old midfielder raised a few eyebrows on Saturday when he turned out for Boston Town in their friendly against Lincoln City, especially as he had trained with the Pilgrims in the morning.
However, Greene says the situation is now in the past.
“I’ve spoken to Reedy. He knows how I felt about it,” Greene said.
“He’s got a second chance, in a sense, and we want him at the football club.
“He could have a really bright future if he knuckles himself down.
“He’s got my full support and I want him at Boston.”
Reed, who came through the Pilgrims’ youth academy, was out of contract when he turned out for the Poachers last weekend.
However, because he is under the age of 24 and was offered a new deal with the Pilgrims, he remains their player unless any suitors can offer an acceptable compensation package.
But Greene has accepted Reed’s explanation that he wasn’t aware of the loophole, and just wanted to play as much football as possible.
The Pilgrims boss continued: “As far as I’m concerned, it’s in the past and we move on.
“It was a case of communication. It was a bit naive on his part, but he hasn’t shot anyone, so we get on with it.
“We want a happy group, so my job is to keep everyone together and happy.
“There’s no point punishing a young lad severely for something that was a lack of communication.”