Dennis Greene believes Wycome Wanderers will be the perfect club to help Dayle Southwell grow into a Football League goalscorer.
Southwell, last season’s leading marksman in the National League North, left Boston United for Adams Park this summer after the two parties agreed an undisclosed fee.
Greene, himself a former Chairboys striker, is backing Southwell to produce the goods again this campaign, despite the two-division step-up.
“Hopefully, with them having a small squad, Dayle will get opportunities,” he told The Standard.
“And I think Dayle will take them, so he’s at the right place for a Football League move.
“Gareth (Ainsworth) is a really nice guy and a good, passionate manager.
“I think he’ll get the best out of Dayle and it’s a really good move.”
Greene, of course, knows exactly what is needed for a non-league striker to become successful in the league.
He was part of Martin O’Neill’s Wycombe squad which won the Conference and FA Trophy double in 1992-93, also featuring in Wanderers’ promotion from Division Three via the play-offs the following season.
Now it is the turn of Southwell, who scored 54 times in two seasons with Boston, to thrive as he returns to the pro game, according to the man who gave him his chance after leaving Grimsby Town.
“Wycombe is a fantastic club,” Greene continued.
“I was lucky to be there when Martin O’Neill was manager.
“It’s a fantastic club with good fans. They’ll have 5,000 or 6,000 fans there every week.
“It’s a lovely stadium, the pitch is perfect and with the big stand going up there it’s a really nice set-up.”
Southwell could be teamed up alongside fellow striker Bayo Akinfenwa, who made his Football League debut with the Pilgrims back in 2003.