“If Boston United create chances then Dayle Southwell will put them away!” Former coach Collins backs Pilgrims striker for a Football League future

Dayle Southwell (right) and Indy Aujla.
Dayle Southwell (right) and Indy Aujla.

Dayle Southwell is being tipped to bang in the goals for Boston United.

The striker became the Pilgrims’ first summer signing last week, after being told he didn’t have a future at Grimsby Town, with whom he had spent the past 10 years, rising through the youth ranks.

Boston Town manager Nathan Collins worked with Southwell in Grimsby Town’s youth set-up, and he believes the 20-year-old has all the attributes to play in the Football League.

“If Boston United create chances then Dayle Southwell will put them away,” Collins told The Standard.

“They’ve got a really good player there.”

“If Dayle’s given matches then I’m sure he’ll impress and it will only be a matter of time until League clubs will be coming in for him.”

Southwell scored five times for the Mariners’ first team last season, but he was left frustrated at his lack of regular first-team opportunities.

And with Grimsby not having a reserve team, he spent long periods of time without match action.

“I don’t think he was given a fair crack of the whip at Grimsby,” Collins added.

“He didn’t play enough matches and they often used him at right midfield. Dayle’s an out-and-out forward.

“Grimsby don’t have a reserve side, so he had periods when he was training but not playing regular football, apart from the month he had on loan.”