Mills: Stability will be key to Boston United’s success

Zak Mills.
Zak Mills.

Zak Mills is adamant that a settled squad will only aid Boston United’s promotion charge.

With the majority of last season’s playing staff either still under contract or eager to link-up with the club once again, the defender believes stability can help the Pilgrims gain an edge in the opening exchanges of the National League North campaign.

“I’ve been at Histon before, come back for pre-season and there have been 10 or 15 players there and I had no idea who they were,” the former Stutes player confessed.

“It’s unsettling as it takes a couple of weeks to get to know everyone and how they play.

“It’s not the ideal way to go into a season.

“But I’m looking forward to this season, I’ll know pretty much everyone there and we can go straight back in to the old regime.

“It’s good to have that stability, it can be key to how well you start the season.”

If United can convince Sunderland to let keeper Max Stryjek return on loan then Marc Newsham and Rene Steer will be the only first-team regulars who ended last season at the Jakemans Stadium who won’t be available come August.

Mills believes that losing fellow defender Steer - who opted for a move closer to his Wembley home - is not ideal preparation for the upcoming season.

But he is sure that the remainder of the back four will quickly adapt.

“Rene was travelling two-and-a-half hours just to get to a home game,” Mills told The Standard.

“It’s not an easy thing to do so you can understand his decision.

“We’ll miss him, he was an important part of the team.

“But we should be able to move on fairly quickly.

“It takes time for a back four to gel and get an understanding, and it’s important that a defence has that.

“But the older you get, the better you are at adapting quickly to having new players around.

“The rest of the defenders will know each other, and still have that understanding, so hopefully it shouldn’t take too long.”