Joe Maguire has confessed he thought his move to Boston United was going to fall through.
The Pilgrims defender made the summer switch to the Jakemans Stadium after Nuneaton Town accepted an undisclosed fee for their 24-year-old club captain.
But while the two National League North rivals were discussing the player’s price tag, Maguire went on holiday fearing the worst.
“At one point I went away and heard that it might not happen, I thought the deal was going under,” Maguire told The Standard.
“But then Dennis (Greene, Boston manager) rang me and told me it was going through. Happy days.”
Although Maguire’s contract had ended, Nuneaton had a further year’s option on the player.
They triggered that clause, meaning Boston’s only chance of landing their target was to buy him out.
United were the enemy for Maguire last season as his Boro side and the Pilgrims battled for the last available play-off spots.
The final day of the season ended in despair for the defender as Boston’s 5-0 win at Stalybridge Celtic confirmed they had held on to fifth place, with Harrogate maintaining fourth.
But now he is committed to helping the Pilgrims make it third time lucky and earn promotion
“I’m here to get promoted,” Maguire said.
“I’d love to win the league, but I’d take the play offs.
“We’re all confident we can do well here.”
Maguire played in Nuneaton’s crunch 2-1 defeat at the Jakemans Stadium, where the atmosphere, coupled with Greene’s passionate sideline celebrations at the final whistle, only encouraged him to want to make the move.
“As soon as Dennis rang me up I was interested,” Maguire added.
“I like the passion and commitment from the gaffer, how he was.
“I like it, that’s part of the reason why I came to the club.
“I feel like it’s a bigger club than Nuneaton, with more fans.
“I feel they’ve got more chance of getting promotion.”