New Boston United signing Sam Craven is challenged to break into the first team

NEW signing Sam Craven has been challenged to break into the Boston United starting XI.

Two weeks ago, The Standard broke the news that the former Mansfield and Worksop defender had been on trial at York Street.

And after penning a deal, the gauntlet has been laid down by manager Jason Lee.

He said: “I’m waiting to see if he can break into the team. It’s up to him.

“For us it’s an opportunity for another body, we needed someone in. We’ve got fringe players on loan and we did need a centre half.

“He’s a defender who can play in the back or on the left. He’s a young player. If he can progress then you’ve got a little gem on your hands.”

Craven was a trainee at Notts County when Lee played for the Magpies.

The 24-year-old has also spent four years playing in the USA for Lynn University and the Buffalo Bulls.

Lee added: “I know what he’s capable of – it’s whether he can transfer that to first-team level.”