All he needs is love! Ryan Semple had no doubts about signing Boston United deal

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RYAN Semple had no doubts about committing his future to Boston United - stating ‘I love it here’.

The tricky winger only took a handful of days to agree to extend his Pilgrims contract.

“For me personally I didn’t have any doubts, I love it here,” Semple told The Standard.

“It was an easy decision to make, I wanted to stay.”

Semple added that he had no hesitations in rejoining the club, and would have given the thumbs up even sooner had his season not finished on such a low.

“It didn’t take me long to agree to stay,” he continued.

“After losing to Guiseley (on penalties, in the play-off semi-final) I was thinking about that game and not next season.

“But after a few days it sunk in and I started to think about the future.”

Semple has agreed another one-year deal with the club, which he signed earlier this week.

And he is already looking forward to the challenges of next season’s Blue Square Bet North.

Semple was forthright in admitting that, unlike fellow wide man Jamie Yates - who made the switch to rivals Gainsborough Trinity last week - he had no other tempting offers on the table.

But such is his desire to help take the Pilgrims into the Blue Square Premier, he said they would have been brushed aside.

The former Peterborough United and Lincoln City player said: “To be honest, I hadn’t received any offers from other clubs, but I didn’t go out actively looking for any clubs either.

“I knew where I wanted to be playing.

“I’m happy at Boston and I think there’s a lot to be said about being happy at a football club, rather than looking for a bit more money.

“I’ve played at a club and been unhappy before and it’s not a good feeling.

“It also affects your football.

“I don’t need to say how close this squad is, everyone knows that we all get on so well.

“That’s pretty apparent for everyone to see.”

However, fellow teammates Kieran Murphy, Anthony Church and Shaun Pearson have been tipped to not re-sign for the club.

Player of the Year Pearson and Murphy were the central defensive duo that helped United to a club-record 10 consecutive clean sheets in the league this year, while Church started all 42 league and play-off matches - only being substituted twice.

Pearson and Church have both expressed a desire to move into the game’s professional ranks.

After completing his studies at Loughborough University this term, Murphy will return to his family home in London to begin a teacher training course, with travelling to training in midweek looking to be a logistical nightmare.

However, Semple is tipping managers Jason Lee and Lee Canoville to find talented replacements.

He said: “Losing them may have an effect on the squad as they’re good players and big characters and personalities.

“They’ve been a big part of this side and have made a big difference.

“But people move on, that’s football and we have to accept that.

“The managers will look elsewhere to strengthen the squad and we’ll go again next year.

“First and foremost, I think the best thing was for the two managers to try to keep hold of the majority of the squad when you see what we achieved last season. And that looks like it is falling into place.”