TOM Ward has been challenged to go out and prove he is good enough for Boston United’s first XI.
The defender was invited to train with the first-team squad this summer after being an integral part of Glen Maddison’s Lincs League-winning reserves last season.
After impressing, managers Jason Lee and Lee Canoville made him part of the first-team squad.
Lee now believes the 20-year-old defender can become a regular in his outfit, if he performs consistently.
Lee said: “He’s got a good chance of being involved.
“He’s done what we were hoping for, he stepped out of the reserves.
“We need to know he’s good enough to be a first team player now, playing regularly for us.”
Lee added Ward did himself no harm as he stepped in for the injured Liam Parker for last week’s Lincs Senior Shield victory over Gainsborough.
“Theres no better education than playing against (Darryn) Stamp and (Ryan) Kendall, they are decent,” he concluded.
Fellow boss Canoville also praised Ward, who had a torrid time during Saturday’s 4-3 friendly defeat to Lincoln City.
He added: “He’s quick and aggresive and will soon have all the attributes to be a top defender.
“He needs to play first team football to learn, then he’ll just keep getting better and better.”