BOSTON Town boss Martyn Lakin says he feels ‘proud’ that Nathan Stainfield has moved on to join rivals Boston United.
The defender has signed Blue Square Bet North forms with the Pilgrims after returning from coaching in the USA.
Stainfield was expected to rejoin Town, who he turned out for last season.
However, after being snapped up by United, it seems the defender will spend time with UCL Premier rivals Spalding Town.
But instead of being upset, Lakin remains pragmatic.
He told The Standard: “I feel very proud that we’ve helped a lad progress into non-league football and then to a higher level.
“Someone said to me the other daythat I must feel hurt.
“But that’s not the case.
“Nathan came to see me, was honest about wanting to give it a go at United, and I respect that.”
Lakin taught Stainfield at school as a teenager and gave him his UCL debut at Bourne.
But he says there is no room for sentiment in football, adding: “Jack Smith and Michael Wood are both playing well for me and I play players on merit.
“I couldn’t have dropped either of them for Nathan anyway.”
Town host Radford in FA Vase action on Saturday (KO 3pm).