LEON Constantine hopes he can bring some Samba style to Boston United.
Despite standing six feet two inches tall, the Pilgrims’ new signing says he has arrived at the Jakemans Stadium to play football, not to be a target man.
“I want the ball to my feet. People see my height and think I’m a target man,” the 33-year-old said.
“That’s the mentality of football in this country.
“But I think that if you believe in football that’s what you should do, play that way.
“I watch Spanish football and I grew up watching Italian football and Brazilian football, its just nice to be able to play that way.”
The forward made his debut in the Boxing Day victory over Eastwood Town, coming on as a second-half substitute.
And now he is eager to play his part for the club.
He added: “I just want to enjoy my football and help the team do well.
“If that means chipping in with goals or doing my part in another way then I’m there.
“I’ve scored 100 goals in the leagues and not many have been with my head, but I appreciate sometimes teams have to hit it long.”
Manager Jason Lee, who netted in the 4-2 win, was quick to agree with his latest acquisition: “Leon’s a different sort of player to me.
“He’s not a target man and he’s not going to play the game like me.
“He’s not aggressive but he’s a very clever player with a very neat touch.
“He’s had seasons when he’s scored more than 20 goals and he’s another option.”
Constantine’s career has seen him play for the likes of Millwall, Leyton Orient, Partick Thistle, Port Vale and Leeds United.
He finally arrived at York Street after a spell with Lewes, after almost moving to York Street in 2004.
Then Steve Evans attempting to snap him up on loan, but the forward opted to move to Torquay instead.
He added: “I was at Peterborough United at the time and I was looking at coming here, but Torquay came in for me.
“They were in League One at the time and I wanted to carry on playing at that level, that’s why I didn’t come.”