Jelleyman is set on guiding Boston United to glory

Gareth Jelleyman
Gareth Jelleyman

GARETH Jelleyman has been named as Boston United’s new captain - and he wants to repay the club by leading them to promotion.

The ever-dependable full back was officially handed the armband by managers Lee Canoville and Jason Lee on Saturday.

And now the Welshman dreams of being the man to lift the Blue Square Bet North championship trophy come April.

“It’s a great honour to be made captain and I hope I can lead club to success,” said Jelleyman.

The 30-year-old is in his third spell with the Pilgrims, after two previous loan stints when on the books of Peterborough United.

His career has also seen him turn out for Mansfield Town, Rushden and Diamonds and Barrow.

But it was last season at the Jakemans Stadium that saw Jelleyman enjoying his football the most.

The thrills of being in a side battling for promotion excited him, and he hopes to improve on last season’s heartbreaking play-off semi-final penalty shoot-out defeat to Guiseley.

“We were unlucky last year, we want to go one better this season,” the captain added. “There’s a winning mentality in the dressing room and we’re hard to beat.

“Teams that lose every week begin to accept defeat. But when you’re in a team that is winning then you can’t accept losing.

“We’re gutted to lose any game, even a friendly.”

Jelleyman will take the armband from Lee Canoville.

After two years as club captain, the defender believes his step up to player-manager means someone else should act as the go-between for the dressing room and the bosses.

“He is very experienced and leads by example. We are delighted to have him as our skipper,” Canoville said.

Kevin Austin will be Jelleyman’s deputy this season.

l UNITED host Lincoln City in a friendly on Saturday (KO 3pm).

Last night they were in Lincs Senior Shield action at Gainsborough.

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