SHAUN Pearson has fired a warning to Boston United’s promotional rivals – telling them the Pilgrims squad are ready to put everything on the line in order to book their place in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
After heading home his 10th goal of the season as United earned a morale-boosting victory at second-placed AFC Telford on Saturday, Pearson claimed the spirit in the dressing room was at an all-time high.
And he believes togetherness will be enough for Boston to give their Blue Square Bet North promotion rivals a run for their money.
“We’d die for each other, simple as that,” the defender said. “We’ve got a group of lads in there and you can’t really describe the togetherness we’ve got. It’s second to none.
“You won’t find that anywhere else in football, not just at our level.”
Pearson insists that the United squad value competition for places, and that there’s no bitterness when new players are brought in.
However, he says any new faces in the dressing room have to have the same Pilgrims die-hard spirit to progress.
“If someone new comes in we all make them feel welcome,” he added.
“But they’ve got to be willing to give everything like the rest of us do.
“Most of this squad came a long way together last season, and we’ve gone even further this year.
“Now let’s go and get promoted.”
Victory over Hyde United on Saturday (KO 3pm) would edge Boston a step closer to cementing their place in the division’s top five, while Tuesday night’s Lincs Senior Shield final against Stamford at York Street (KO 7.45pm) offers Pearson a chance at his fourth trophy in two seasons at Boston.
However, speculation has surrounded Pearson’s future ever since managers Rob Scott and Paul Hurst swapped Boston for Grimsby Town, and life in the professional game.
Pearson may be out of contract at the end of the campaign, but football rules state that any player under 24 years of age should remain with his club if they were to offer him the same or improved contract terms.
Were the 21-year-old to move to another club, the two sides must agree a fee for the player, or a tribunal will set a price they feel is correct.
But right now, Pearson only has one thing on his mind.
He added: “Ever since I was a little boy my dream was to be a professional footballer.
“I’ve worked hard to become a professional footballer. I’ve never been there so I want to fulfil my dream. But I’m just looking at now, getting Boston promoted, then we’ll see what happens in the summer.”