BROWNE ON THE BALL: Jamie Yates would be my number one - but would you welcome him back to Boston United?

Jamie Yates was one of the former Pilgrims taunted with Monopoly money after their move to Gainsborough Trinity.
Jamie Yates was one of the former Pilgrims taunted with Monopoly money after their move to Gainsborough Trinity.

So, that’s the season done and dusted then... now the hard work begins.

Following last night’s Lincolnshire Senior Shield final against Gainsborough Trinity, some of the Boston United players can now turn their attentions to Saturdays in the pub, cricket or a week or two on the beach somewhere.

Monopoly cash.

Monopoly cash.

But for those who have been told they don’t have a future at the Jakemans Stadium, they must now start fluttering their eyelashes in the direction of other clubs.

But the toughest task of all belongs to Dennis Greene, the man who must start rebuilding a squad that will satisfy the very high standards of both the Pilgrims’ support and the chairman.

On Saturday, Greene told the assembled press that he was meeting with a target ahead of the match at the Northolme.

The natural question was: “Is this a Trinity player.”

Greene smiled and said ‘no’.

But you know what, I hope it is.

The Blues have been exceedingly smug in chucking cash at some of the Pilgrims’ finer players in recent seasons.

But if reports are to be believed, then their budget will be slashed by up to 80 per cent when chairman Peter Swann - and his wallet - make it to Scunthorpe.

And that leaves some very talented players looking for clubs.

Trinity’s Player of the Year, right back Dominic Roma, and exciting midfielder Jamie Yates are two I would - if I was Greene - go out of my way to try to bring back to Boston.

Both know the club well having played here before, and both play in positions where the Pilgrims need to strengthen.

But the only question is, how would the supporters react to Yates’ return.

This is, after all, a player who attended United’s end-of-season party two years ago and, as he was called into the board room to sign a contract, didn’t show.

The next day he penned a deal with Trinity.

Since then, United’s support boo him at every opportunity. They chant Judas, they chant worse.

But part of Yates’ quality on the pitch stems from his thick skin, his ability not to let anything detract from his focus.

His skill from dead balls played a massive part in United winning the UniBond Premier and reaching the Blue Square Bet North play-offs.

One of his best mates - Marc Newsham - will remain a Pilgrim next season and Yates has previously told The Standard that he would love to return to York Street one day.

He may not be made that welcome by all, but his skills would soon win the fans over.

Don’t forget, the last thing he ever did in a Boston shirt was put in that cross for Danny Davidson to head home the equaliser against Guiseley in the play-off second leg.

Such was his desire to succeed that he ended his season prematurely putting that cross in.

Of course, this remains fantasy.

A player ofthe quality of Yates or Roma will probably already be listening to offers from teams who finished a lot higher in the Blue Square Bet North than 16th.

But if Boston United want to be up there with the best, they need the best players then can get on board.

Football fans think about sentiment a whole lot more than the people they idolise ever will.

But I, personally, would love to see the Pilgrims get one back over their rivals by nicking back one of their top assets.

Of course, Dennis Greene may have other plans.

Many of you may wholeheartedly disagree with what I say. But we’re all allowed a dream aren’t we?