STANDING tall at 6ft 3ins, Mikel Suarez is used to looking down on people.
But after penning a new deal with Boston United, the Bilbao-born beanpole believes the only way is up.
After watching from the stands as the Pilgrims lost their Blue Square Bet North play-off semi-final to Guiseley on penalties last season, Suarez says he is back at Boston with his sights set firmly on helping the club fulfil their dream of promotion.
“It was a successful time for the club and I wish I had been involved – but I was there supporting the club as a Boston fan,” Suarez told The Standard.
“I was disappointed that the club didn’t get to the final, they played well but penalties are a lottery, always.
“Hopefully, I can help the club get back to a similar position this season, if it’s not automatic promotion then hopefully to the play-offs.
“This club doesn’t want to go backwards, we should be looking up.”
Suarez admits he thought his Pilgrims playing days were over for good when, frustrated by a lack of first-team chances, he left the Jakemans Stadium for EvoStik Premier outfit Worksop in January, ending a promotion-winning 18 months with United, that saw him grab 12 goals from 57 appearances.
But with managers Rob Scott and Paul Hurst switching to Grimsby Town, new bosses Jason Lee and Lee Canoville called upon their former teammate to make a sensational return.
“I didn’t see this coming. I know Jason and Lee because I have played with them both at Boston, and, living in the same area, we’ve become close,” added Suarez.
“But I didn’t have any idea this would happen until I got a call from Lee while I was on holiday in Spain.
“It’s a big confidence booster for me to have the new managers call me up and say they think I can do a job for Boston.”
After penning a new one-year deal on Monday, Suarez wants to find the form of his short career to repay his new bosses’ faith.
He also says he wants to bang in the goals for the fans, who have made the 24-year-old a cult hero.
Chants stating ‘he came from Spain in a Transit van’ and ‘he plays for £100 per week’ may leave some players a little perplexed.
But Suarez loves the fact the United faithful have their own song for him.
He added: “I just hope I can come back and do my best for the fans. The fans have always been great to me.
“They have always said nice things about me and I appreciate that. It makes me want to do well for the club.”
Suarez believes his Boston career ended prematurely due to a broken collarbone which saw him sidelined for the start of last season.
After recovering, he struggled to force his way back into the starting XI for any serious period of time, ending in his switch to Worksop, ironically the club where his main rival for the Boston target man role Danny Davidson has now moved to.
After an unsatisfactory spell with the Tigers, hampered by a hamstring injury, Suarez is now ready to grasp his second chance in amber and black.
The old addage, you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone, is pertinent to Suarez now, more than ever.
He said: “No disrespect to Worksop, but being there helped me realise what a big club Boston is.
“They are playing at a higher level and have recently been in the Football League.
“I’ve not played semi-professional football in the UK for many years and it’s not until you go somewhere else that you realise that not every club is as good as Boston.
“That experience makes me want to do even better this time around so I can stay with the club.”
Former Boston managers Paul Hurst and Rob Scott have revealed they are hoping to bring ex-Pilgrims Shaun Pearson and James McKeown to Grimsby Town.
Both free-agents played important roles for the club last season.
Because he is under 24, United can demand a fee for Pearson, last season’s Player of the Year.