BROWNE ON THE BALL: No regrets - Newsham can still make his Marc

Marc Newsham.
Marc Newsham.

There’s a regret amongst many former Boston United players that they didn’t realise exactly what they had until it had gone.

During their time at the club, they would view York Street as the office, while pulling on that amber and black shirt was just a job.

Sometimes they’d move on to play at a higher level, on occasions it was the chance of better pay that turned their heads.

Others wanted to cut down on travelling time, while some left because they had no other option.

Often the lure of playing football on your doorstep, for better financial rewards, is too good to turn down.

But doing so in front of threadbare crowds and for clubs where organisation and administration is not a strong point, it can become demoralising very quickly.

When ex-players return, especially those who made the decision to leave themselves, it’s rare not to hear them questioning just why they allowed themselves to cut short their Boston careers.

Why do you think the Pilgrims have so many players come back for a second or third stint? Why is there no shortage of volunteers for that lap of honour during half time of a home game?

One player who has always seemed to realise that the grass is not always greener elsewhere is Marc Newsham, currently in his sixth season with the Pilgrims.

Since his arival in the summer of 2009, Newsham has finished the season as the club’s leading scorer on three occasions, scoring 20-plus goals in four campaigns, and become one of only six players to net more than 100 times for Boston - he is currently on 107 not out.

He has won the UniBond Premier Play-off final, the UniBond Knockout Cup and Lincolnshire Senior Shield (twice) - proving he is a big-game player and not just a flat-track bully by scoring vital goals in those first two mentioned titles.

Add to that his two Player of the Year trophies (one of just four players to have achieved this) and you could say that Newsham’s time at Boston has been more than successful, perhaps one of the reasons why his head has never been turned despite interest from elsewhere.

But this season hasn’t been so kind to the ex-Rotherham United man.

Tendonitis of the knee has seen him sidelined for huge chunks of the campaign and unable to reach the 30-appearance mark which would trigger the second year of his current deal.

Plus the form of Dayle Southwell and Mark Jones has seen Newsham forced to take many of his chances from the bench.

But the player has not been demoralised and believes he still has a big part to play at the Jakemans Stadium.

Newsham’s goalscoring exploits have often, but not solely, been based around his ability to out-think defenders in the penalty area, rather than be reliant on any gift of blistering pace, something his injury would have curtailed.

So, as long as his mind stays sharp and his body remains in shape, Newsham will always be a threat in front of goal.

In this week’s Boston Standard he tells how he would love to stay on next season, even though a further contract is not guaranteed, but concedes that is ultimately the manager’s decision.

But as an onlooker, I would love to see him remain at the club. Aged 27, he is the only member of the squad older than 25 and has plenty of big-game experience which could be vital in a squad which currently has an average age of 21

What will be, will be. But I just hope Boston United aren’t left with a sense of regret that they didn’t know exactly what they had until it was gone.