JASON Lee is desperate to turn out for Boston United this season... but believes it’s for the best if he can keep himself on the sidelines.
The Pilgrims manager made 26 appearances up front last season, scoring seven times.
And although admitting he has that desire to keep playing, despite being 40, he knows it’s time to call it quits.
He said: “I’ll always have that itch to play.
“But I’m not looking to.
“We’ve got young, able bodies who I want to do well and I want to help them progress.
“I think I’m of more benefit to them if I’m on the sidelines, helping them by passing on more advice.
“You see more of the match from there.
“That’s my main focus.”
However, in Lee’s absence, the manager hopes Mark Jones could be the man to fill in the target man role.
He continued: “It’s a sad fact, but every player realises one day they have to stop playing.
“But every club needs a big man.
“Maybe I want to find a younger Jason Lee.
“Hopefully, young Mark Jones can do that.
“I’m hoping he can come in do a fantastic job for us.”
Twelve months ago, Lee again said he had no intention of playing for the Pilgrims.
But, after a slow start in attack, the boss felt his presence and Premier League know-how would aid the team’s cause.
He said: “I have no intention of playing.
“But it can be frustrating watching the game and, last season, when we weren’t scoring, I felt we could do something about that.
“I felt I was in a position to help.
“When the little run was over it was hard to take myself out of the team.
“But being out there did take something away from the management side.
“That’s not something I want to repeat.
“It’s not about ego, I felt I could help the team.”