Boston Town will be celebrating their 50th anniversary next month.
And while the milestone could be a time for the club to reflect on their highs and lows over the past half century, chairman Mick Vines has a different idea altogether. Instead, Vines is using this summer to look forward, rather than backwards.
‘New blood’ is a phrase the Poachers chairman uses several times over as he discusses his hopes for the club, and the upcoming season.
He first uses those words when describing new club director Colin Mountain, who will take his place on the Town board for the first time this season.
He will join Vines and the five existing directors at the club,.
“It’s good to have new blood at the club,” Vines told The Standard.
“Colin will bring fresh ideas. He’s the first new director we’ve had here in five years.
“If you have the same people on the board every year you can get stuck in your ways, but that’s not what we want for Boston Town.”
Keeping in with Vines’ theme on evolution, the Poachers also have a new stadium name - following a deal with DWB Timber Engineering - and a new 21-year lease on the ground to ensure the club can continue to progress.
But it is also on the pitch where Vines has fresh hopes for the club’s 50th anniversary.
Manager Nathan Collins will begin his first full season in charge, backed by new assistant manager Daryl Clare and new first team coach Paul Fenwick.
“Things are looking good at the moment,” Vines continued.
“I really want this club to to get back to where it should be.
“I’m not saying we will win the league this year - some teams in this league are paying ridiculous money - but I want Boston Town to be up there again.”
Meanwhile, boss Collins has had another busy week making three new signings.
He has brought 22-year-old defender Courtney Warren, 26-year-old left-sided player Dan Barrett and teenager Aaaron Eyett to the club.
Warren has joined Boston after returning to the Skegness area, following stints with Histon and Walton & Hersham.
Eyett - a product of the Boston United academy - impressed in pre-season training with the Poachers.
Meanwhile, ex-Stamford and Brigg man Barrett has been a long-standing target for Collins.
The manager said: “He is a really top player and a leader, one of my main targets this summer.
“I’m over the moon he has agreed to join us.”