Defender leaves as Boston United boss shakes up his squad

Graham Drury
Graham Drury

Boston United boss Graham Drury says he had to make the ‘difficult decision’ to let defender Gary Silk leave as his university commitments clashed with vital training time.

Drury says the 28-year-old defender has been released because he could not train on Thursday nights.

Silk’s departure, following 26 appearances this season, follows the release of winger Kallum Smith, who had his contract cancelled by mutual consent yesterday.

Smith, 23, had been on loan with the Gingerbreads and will now head to the Meres Stadium on a permanent basis.

Midfielder James Reed has also joined Silk and Smith heading out of the Jakemans Stadium exit door - but has been assured that he does have a long-term future with the Pilgrims.

The 18-year-old is checking in with Boston Town on a month long loan deal.

Speaking about Silk’s departure, Drury told the club’s website: “Gary is a top professional but he cannot train on Thursday evenings due to his university commitments — and I need all my players available for training on Thursday nights.

“That is the crucial time of the week when we work on team shape and set-pieces.

“I have nothing but respect for Gary and what he has done for the club since I have been here, but his unavailability on Thursday nights forced my hand.”