Boston United look set to lose the services of on-loan Sunderland keeper Joel Dixon

Joel Dixon.
Joel Dixon.

Boston United manager Dennis Greene believes keeper Joel Dixon has a bright future in the game... but not at the Jakemans Stadium.

The on-loan Sunderland stopper has impressed during his spell with the Pilgrims, but Greene reckons the Black Cats will want their under 21s talent to test himself at a level higher up than the Vanarama North.

When asked if Dixon will remain with Boston when his loan ends after the match with Colwyn Bay on January 4, Greene said: “I wouldn’t have thought so, no.

“Because he’s done so well for us, the next progression for him would probably be to go on loan to a National Conference or League Two (club).

“It’s just the natural progression.

“He’s been with us three months and he’s had his games here, it’d probably be too much to ask to have him here for the rest of the season.

“The chances are he’ll go back.

“He’s conducted himself magnificently since he’s been here and he’s got a really bright future.”

Sam Vince, who began the season in goal, has been deputising for Dixon.