Brooks is back at Boston Town for the long haul

Carter's Park Holbeach'Holbeach vs Daventry Utd match action
Carter's Park Holbeach'Holbeach vs Daventry Utd match action

LEWIS Brooks has rejoined Boston Town – because he believes the Poachers will soon be challenging at the top of the United Counties League Premier Division again.

LEWIS Brooks has rejoined Boston Town – because he believes the Poachers will soon be challenging at the top of the United Counties League Premier Division again.

The utility player agreed to move to Tattershall Road from near rivals Holbeach United last week, after Town made a seven-day approach.

The club’s objective for the remainder of the campaign is to force their way into the top eight of the table.

But Brooks sees his stay at Town as more of a long-term plan.

He said: “There are some very good players down there.

“Maybe they haven’t done as well as was expected so far this season, but that’ll come.

“New players are coming in and the focus is on us all gelling with each other for next season.

“I think we should be up there and challenging next season.”

Brooks opted to leave Carter’s Park after struggling to hold down a regular place in the Tigers’ starting XI after suffering an injury earlier this season.

He admitted it was a tough decision to leave the club he joined in the summer, but he knew he needed regular football.

Brooks added: “I’ve been in and out of the team and maybe if I’d been at another club I’d have looked to move on earlier.

“But Holbeach were doing well and they’re a good bunch of lads.

“It wasn’t an easy decision to leave Holbeach, but one I think I had to do to play more football.”

The curse of frozen and waterlogged pitches have hampered the Poachers in recent weeks, with five matches being postponed since Christmas.

But now Brooks and fellow new signings Jammal Shahin (Brigg) and Michael Neaverson (Sleaford) will be eager to make their debuts as Town travel to face Irchester on Saturday (KO 3pm).

The contest could also see Nick Brown make only his second appearance since also moving from Holbeach.

“A lot of players from the clubs (Boston and Holbeach) know each other already so I don’t think there’ll be any problems (with having new signings playing together),” Brooks added.

Brooks – a former Boston United trainee, who made two appearances for the club in League Two – made 13 outings for the Poachers last season.

But it was a case of right place wrong time for the utility man who said he didn’t feel comfortable with his surroundings and moved to Sleaford – before linking up with Holbeach in the summer.

Now back at Tattershall Road, Brooks wants to cement a place in the centre of the park.

He added: “I can play in defence and because I’m left sided, I can play on the wing as well.

“But my favourite position is in the middle, where I played for Town last season.

“But where the manager puts me is his decision.”