Dennis Greene has announced that any potential Boston United summer signing will have to prove they have the X Factor.
And like Simon Cowell and his team of judges, the Pilgrims boss won’t be offering any deals to wannabes until they have proven their worth.
Greene is wary of disrupting the harmonious mood in the dressing room, and has decided that ability on its own is not enough for any summer target to earn a deal at the Jakemans Stadium.
Instead, he is offering his wannabes the opportunity to prove their worth in training sessions.
And if that means missing out on any potential new players then it’ a risk he’s willing to take.
“We’re not signing someone just because they’re a good player - you need to be more than that,” he told The Standard.
“It’s our policy to assess the character as well.
“We’ve got some targets and we’ve invited them down to pre-season training.
“Some players say they won’t come down unless we offer them something, but we need to see how they fit in with the rest of the lads.”
Greene is adamant that no talent is worth more than the spirit of his current crop of players, and refuses to gamble on any possibly disruptive personality which could derail the ambitions of a team which finished third in the Vanarama North last season.
He added: “It’s taken me two-and-a-half years to build this squad and I don’t want it to be disrupted.
“There are clubs in our division having to rebuild.
“And if they’re completely changing their squad and bringing in 12 or 14 new players then they could be stuck with three or four bad eggs who cause problems.
“That’s something we can’t afford to let happen.”
The Pilgrims are looking to enter the new Lincolnshire under 21s Development League - as well as playing fixtures against other National League and Football League sides throughout the season.
United’s under 21s team will be coached by UEFA B licence holder Callum Lawe, with the project overseen by existing Centre of Excellence administrator Lewis Thorogood.
United chairman David Newton said: “We believe that a successful under 21s team can benefit Boston United in the long-term and we look forward to enhancing this project during the season ahead.”