Christmas bonus! Garner wants to reach double figures for Boston United... before the new year

Scott Garner.
Scott Garner.
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Boston United captain Scott Garner has set himself a target of scoring 10 goals before Christmas.

Although a defender by trade, the skipper has been utilised as a target man throughout the club’s pre-season warm-up matches.

And, after scoring twice in the club’s opening four friendlies, Garner wants to hold on to the role.

“I’ll give my all every game and put myself about. Hopefully I’ll get some goals, assists and cause some trouble for the defenders,” he told The Standard.

“I’m enjoying it up there and hopefully, I’ll get a few more.

“I scored eight goals last season but I’m looking to do better. I want to beat that by Christmas and hopefully get a few more.”

Garner is visibly enjoying life in his new role, and admits it is because he is finally fulfilling a childhood dream.

“When I was really young I was a striker,” he added. “But I was one of the taller lads so they put me at the back when I went to Leicester (City’s academy).

“I’ve been there since I was 11, but I’ve always enjoyed playing up front.

“I’m coming into games really looking forward to it. At the back you’ve got to stay in your slot, up front you can hunt things down and play off other people’s mistakes.”

After spending last season on loan at York Street, Garner made his move official this summer, penning a one-year deal.

And he says there was never any doubt where he would be playing this year, adding: “I didn’t even get tempted by anywhere in the summer.

“I heard a few rumours but I didn’t even speak to anyone.

“I enjoyed my football here a lot last year and I had no question marks over where I wanted to be this year. I’ll up my game and work even harder because we came so close last year (to the play-offs) and we want to go one better.”