Meet the dinosaur slayers! Greene welcomes Boston United’s youthful new look

Smythe, Felix and Barlow with assistant manager Martyn Bunce.

Smythe, Felix and Barlow with assistant manager Martyn Bunce.

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Boston United have secured a hat-trick of new signings ahead of the 2014-15 Conference North season... and manager Dennis Greene believes he is bringing through a fresh breed of player good enough to leave non-league’s ‘dinosaurs’ extinct.

Former Grimsby Town and Hull City midfielder Jack Barlow, ex-Scunthorpe United winger Connor Smythe and Kaine Felix, who previously played for Greene at St Neots Town, have all penned deals with the Pilgrims.

“They’ve got loads of potential,” said Greene. “Experience is good, and we’ve good experience in our squad already.

“But gone are the days of filling a team with dinosaurs.

“Managers are going for pace, strength and desire over experience, which costs more money.”

Barlow, 19, was bought by Hull from rivals Grimsby Town, and Greene thinks he has plenty of potential.

He said: “You buy that player because you think he’s going to play in the Premier League.

“For a player of that age to come to Conference North level - because he still has that desire to get back up there - is an achievement.”

Smythe, 18, and Felix, 19, are further rough diamonds Greene believes can learn to sparkle.

He added: “Connor’s got fantastic quality on the ball. He’s only young and he probably needs to fill out a little bit more - but nobody tells Lionel Messi to fill out do they?
“And Kaine Felix, you won’t see many people quicker and he’s really direct. He can just put the ball 15 yards in front of you and just run past you.”

Defender Duran Reynolds, who played during Saturday’s friendly, is expected to sign this week, while Pilgrims striker Marc Newsham has signed a one-year contract with a view to a second year being offered.