Greene’s Premier League scouting mission! Boston United boss eyes loan deals from Aston Villa and Sunderland, as well as Nottingham Forest and Norwich City

Liam Agnew.
Liam Agnew.

Dennis Greene will use Boston United’s lucrative pre-season friendly fixtures to try to uncover players he thinks can guide the Pilgrims to glory.

The club have announced that they will host young teams from Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest this summer, and The Standard understands that warm-up matches against Norwich City and Sunderland are also in the pipeline.

Manager Greene is hoping to use these contacts to scout young stars of the future.

He told The Standard: “They’re all going to be great matches and really big tests for us.

“We’re trying to build good relationships with these clubs as it could be a chance for us to bring in some promising young players. It also helps those clubs give first-team experience to young lads.

“I’ll be on the lookout for a bright young player or two.”

Greene has a strong relationship with Kevin Ball, Sunderland’s development coach, and that saw Black Cats Liam Marrs, Liam Agnew and David Ferguson impress on loan last season.

He added: “I know Mark Robson at Norwich, so I could be telling him after the game that we’ll let him get on the bus but I want him to leave that right winger.

“Hopefully, we can do the same with Villa, Sunderland and Forest.

“I know there are limits to the loan signings you can have, but we’re always looking to strengthen the squad.”