Dixon sets his sights on Premier League career with Sunderland... but thanks Boston United for the education

Joel Dixon.
Joel Dixon.

Joel Dixon dreams of forging a career in the Premier League with Sunderland.

But if the young goalkeeper does manage to carve out a life in professional football then he says he will always thank Boston United for giving him and early leg-up in his career.

The 21-year-old’s loan spell with the Pilgrims has come to an end and - despite suggestions he may be linking up with the club again this campaign - he has returned to Wearside, where he will soon learn whether the or not Black Cats will offer him a professional contract.

But wherever Dixon does end up, he says he will carry fond memories of Boston.

“I’ll remember everything I’ve learnt at Boston,” he said.

“Coming here and getting games has been great for me and, hopefully, it’ll be a key factor for me in the future.

“Obviously, playing with men it’s been a lot more physical than it is with the under 21s.

“I’ve definitely improved as a player.

“Playing week-by-week helps you.”

Dixon admits that his time at the Jakemans Stadium has helped him pick up a few craftier tricks of the trade.

He added: “The thing I’ve learnt the most is game management, how to slow the game down if you’re winning.

“But there’s the physical side as well, picking and choosing the right moments to come and claim the ball.”

Dixon’s 14 games between the Boston sticks have seen him help the side to five victories and six draws.

Along the way he kept two clean sheets and also saved a penalty on his debut in the 3-1 victory over AFC Fylde.

And he hopes that such performances have done enough to impress his bosses.

“My aim is to progress with Sunderland,” the keeper added.

“I’ll learn over the next few months whether or not I’ll get a contract there, and we’ll see what happens.”