JULIAN Joachim could be in line to make a remarkable return to football in the area - after agreeing to train with Boston Town.
New Poachers bosses Ian Dunn and Matt Hocking have persuaded the former Premier League striker to link up with the Tattershall Road side in pre-season, with the aim being that a deal can be struck.
With United Counties League Premier Division rivals Spalding United already snapping up ex-Boston United duo Franny Green and Lee Canoville, Dunn hopes to land Joachim as a mark of intent.
He told The Standard: “To have Julian involved shows our intentions this season.
“Spalding are among the teams in our league spending the money, but we think he’s a bigger name than the players they have.
“He’s a former Premiership striker who still has plenty of talent and knows where the goal is.
“Having him around will do nothing but encourage the young lads we have in the side.
“It may also encourage some others to come and join us.”
Joachim - a former Kitwood Boys pupil who grew up in the town - has played in the top flight for Aston Villa and Leicester City.
He has also been on the books of Coventry City and Leeds United, as well as having two spells with Boston United.
After grabbing 19 goals for the Pilgrims in League Two, he returned to York Street hoping to impress in pre-season 12 months ago.
He earned a deal, but he made just two appearances due to injury.
Among those training with him at United last summer was Hocking.
He added: “He was easily one of the fittest lads there.
“He still had his sharpness and he could be an asset to us.
“We haven’t discussed terms yet, but we’re hoping the chairman (Mick Vines) can help us come to an agreement.”
Hocking’s first memory of Joachim was from an FA Cup third round tie back in 1999.
Playing in defence for Hull City, he found himself marking the striker, and fellow forward Stan Collymore.
“It was like chasing ghosts,” Hocking added. “We lost 3-0 that day and he scored.
“Julian’s a quality player and I believe he’s still got it.”
The joint boss also hopes that ties to the town will also help Joachim - who currently lives in Leicestershire - opt to join the Poachers.
“He still has family in the town,” Hocking added.
“He likes returning to the area and has somewhere to stay if we can sort something out.”