Bazza says home is where the heart is

Bazza's back! Paul Bastock has re-signed for United
Bazza's back! Paul Bastock has re-signed for United

PAUL Bastock is back at Boston United - saying his heart forced him to return to York Street.

The Pilgrims’ all-time appearance record holder has returned to the club after a six-year absence from the club.

Boston have snapped him up from Blue Square Bet South side St Albans City this afternoon, after new bosses Jason Lee and Lee Canoville only boosted their appeal to the fans by snapping up the local hero in light of Dan Haystead’s ankle injury.

“There have been two really big clubs in my life - Boston and St Albans,” Bastock told The Standard.

“But although I feel bad about leaving St Albans in their current predicament (bottom of the table), my heart told me I had to come back to Boston. I always hoped I could one day.

“It was an oportunity I couldn’t turn down. We’re in the play-offs and could still even win the league, football’s funny like that.

“It’s a great feeling to be back. I’m absolutely buzzing.”

Bazza - whose father-in-law is former Pilgrims owner Pat Malkinson - has made 623 appearances for the Pilgrims, since originally arriving in 1992.

He spent 12 years with the Pilgrims, winning the Dr Martens Championship and Conference title plus two player of the season accolades.

However, after two seasons in the Football League, then boss Steve Evans signed Nathan Abbey and marginalised Bastock.

The veteran then had spells at Dagenham and Redbridge and Rushden and Diamonds before joining St Albans, whom he helped win promotion to the Conference.

And with Bastock in contention for Saturday’s clash at Solihull Moors, he expects no-one will ever now beat his appearance record.

“I’ve still got 200 games left in me,” he said.

“I’m 40 but the body’s in good shape and I’m feeling as fit as ever.

“I’m ready to go.”

Bastock said his move came about ‘very quickly’ after a call from Lee earlier today.

And Bastock had no hesitation signing for the first-time manager.

He said: “Jason is a wiley old character.

“He was a winner on the pitch and he’ll be no different as a manager, you can be sure of that.”

United have also extended the loan spell of Darlington defender Kevin Austin.