Boston United look set to land Peterborough United striker Jack Friend on a season-long loan.
The 18-year-old forward turned out for the Pilgrims during last night’s 4-1 friendly victory over a youthful Nottingham Forest squad.
Manager Dennis Greene made enquiries about Friend - who has signed a professional deal with the League One side - due to last season’s 30-goal leading scorer Dayle Southwell being sidelined following his hernia operation in the summer.
And the Pilgrims are confident that Friend’s loan will become official after finalising the deal with Posh manager Dave Robertson.
“We’re going to do a season-long loan with Peterborough,” Greene told The Standard.
“I need to speak to Robbo but we’ve already discussed what the deal would be before the game.
“We don’t know exactly they way Dayle will turn out.
“If we want a fast start to the season we need at least two strikers fit.”
Southwell is currently awaiting the results of an MRI scan after feeling a few strains following his pre-season hat-trick at Boston Town.
But when the forward returns to full fitness, Greene expects competition for places to be fierce, and Friend to flourish with the aid of regular first-team football.
“It’s a season-long loan so we’ll have three strikers fighting for two spots,” Greene added.
“He (Friend) is older in a sense. They have high expectations for him and he’s joioned the first-team squad.
“He’s got the pedigree, hopefully he can do well here and go back a man to Peterborough.”
Ex-Telford and Bradford Park Avenue midfielder Jordan Deacey also featured last night, hoping to impress while on trial.
However, with Kyle Dixon, Grant Roberts and Jay Rollins all able to play in central midfield, along with utility man Scott Garner, Greene isn’t sure whether adding to that position would be advantageous.
“He’s done well,” Greene continud.
“It’s one of those areas, we’ve got to see whether we need to improve in that area.
“We’ve got Garns who can play midfield and three others who can play there.
“Potentially it’s something we might not be able to afford to do.”