Don’t panic! Greene says Boston United won’t be held to ransom by transfer targets

Liam Marrs, Tom McNamee with Martyn Bunce.
Liam Marrs, Tom McNamee with Martyn Bunce.

Dennis Greene says he won’t be rushed into making any summer signings - because he doesn’t want the club to get short-changed.

The Boston United manager has reiterated his message to the fans, stressing that a lack of early transfer activity doesn’t mean the club are missing out on their targets.

Indeed, the Pilgrims boss believes that playing the waiting game will actually be beneficial to the cause.

With contracts expiring and players becoming free agents, the start of the summer is the time when footballers and their advisors chance their luck and start asking for braver wage demands.

Greene says he is happy to play the waiting game and come in with offers when his targets’ terms start becoming more negotiable.

“Obviously, there’s no rush,” the manager said.

“There are just one or two areas to fill, and I’m just taking my time and speaking to people.

“It’s that time of year when players are getting lots of interest and asking for silly money.

“We’ll just wait until they’re a little more desperate and asking for the sort of money they’re worth, and we’re willing to pay.

“It’s not like I’ve got a whole squad to get in, or I need lots of players.

“There are players out there.”

Indeed, Greene and assistant Martyn Bunce made their jobs a lot easier by acting swiftly towards the end of last season and getting the majority of the squad signed up.

With Dayle Southwell, Mark Jones, Carl Piergianni, Scott Garner, Zak Mills, Kaine Felix, Kyle Dixon, Grant Roberts and Sam Vince all pledging their futures to the cause, United already have a very strong spine.

Nicky Walker, Jamie McGhee and Liam Marrs are all free agents but - along with youth team prospect Louis Saebe - it is believed they will all be reporting for pre-season training with United, although Marc Newsham and Rene Steer have moved on

As well as looking to shore up the squad with two or three new signings, Greene says he will also supplement his team by using the loan market to his advantage yet again.

In recent seasons Max Stryjek - who remains a long-term loan target - Joel Dixon, David Ferguson, Liam Agnew, Tom McNamee and Marrs have all had successful stints after moving up from Sunderland’s under 21s.

Notts County pair Dixon and Greg Tempest have also put in good shifts, as have Lincoln City’s Conner Robinson, Paul Farman and Alex Simmons.

“We’ll certainly be doing that again,” said Greene when asked about looking to bring in loanees.

“It’s something which has worked well for us in the past and we want it to happen again.

“There are a couple of positions which we would like to strengthen by bringing in lads on loan.”