A LAST-minute swoop by Martyn Bunce persuaded keeper Michael Emery to turn down an offer from Scarborough Athletic and join Boston United.
The 21-year-old had been training with the Yorkshire club and was set to sign up for a season in the Northern Counties East Premier - until he took a call from the Pilgrims’ reserve team boss.
“It’s the first time I’ve been approached by Boston and I couldn’t say no,” said Emery, who was born and brought up in the town.
“I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather be than here.
“I was going to sign for Scarborough, but when I got the call from Boston I knew it was what I wanted.”
After making 10 appearances for Blue Square Bet North rivals Gainsborough Trinity last term, Emery believes he has what it takes to force his way into Jason Lee’s plans with the first team.
But he admits he’ll have to impress with the second string first.
He added: “I’ve joined the club and my real aim is to be number one.
“But I know I can only get there by playing well with the reserves.”
Emery will face stiff competition from keepers Dan Haystead and Ricky Drury.
Also joining the reserves in goal is Sam Vince, 16. The stopper, who will also play for the under 18s, is being tipped for a bright future and drew interest from Lincoln City.