TOM Ward believes he and Nathan Stainfield can create a partnership that will act as the heart of the Boston United defence for years to come.
Despite their lack of previous experience at Blue Square Bet North level, the two youngsters made nine starts together last campaign.
And it is their friendship that Ward believes can help the duo progress.
He said: “Me and Nathan get on really well on and off the pitch.
“We were in contact with each other before we both signed, and agreed we wanted to stay together.
“We’re both younger centre halves in a similar position.
“We can help each other and push each other.
“We complement each other quite well.”
Former manager Lee Canoville stated that with the duo still so young – Ward is 21 and Stainfield 23 - the plan was to keep the two together at the club for years to come.
And Ward hopes that is the case.
“We may not have a great deal of experience between us, but we’ll get stronger this season,” he said.
“Jason (Lee, manager) has shown faith in us and has said he wants to be a part of our development.”
However, with the duo the only recognised central defenders currently on the books, an older head is expected to be brought in.
However, Ward believes this would only be another positive.
“I learned a lot playing alongside players like Kevin Austin, Canners (Canoville) and Alan White and I’m sure the manager will want to bring in another experienced centre back,” he said.
“But competition can only be good for us.
“We’ll all want to play. But I want Nathan to do well, so if he’s playing and I’m not it will push me harder and push him harder to try to keep his place. It’s good for the team.”