Dennis Greene is putting his faith in Boston United target Julian Bennett - stating he is willing to wait for the defender to return to full fitness.
The 30-year-old left back has impressed the Pilgrims boss during pre-season training.
But Greene knows that he will have to be patient with his target, who is looking to return to action following a lengthy absence from the game, due to a knee injury.
“I think it’s a long, long season, and if it takes him two months to get right then we’ll benefit for the other seven,” Greene said.
“The talent’s there. He’s just had two games in two years.”
And Greene is adamant that when Bennett is back in the groove his true talents will shine through.
He added: “For one, if you’re Julian Bennett playing you’re going to think ‘I don’t want to crash into people because of my injury problems I’ve had’.
“He’s a naturally aggressive left back, that’s a big part of his game.
“So once he’s got five or six games under his belt that will come back.
“Then you’ll see him bombing on when the fitness comes back.
“You’re not seeing the true player yet. You’re seeing somebody who can potentially get back to that player.”
Bennett was due to turn out for the Pilgrims during last night’s 4-1 friendly victory over the youth team from his former club Nottingham Forest.
However, Greene said that the 7pm kick off, coupled with Bennett working in Manchester until 4pm, meant he was unable to get to the ground in time to take part.
The manager is not worried about waiting for the ex-Palace man to get fit.
He reiterated that Liam Marrs and Zak Mills are both able to slot into cover, while Jamie McGhee and Jake Sheridan have also filled in as emergency full backs in the past.
“People talk about Julian Bennett, will he bit fit and blah, blah, blah,” Greene added.
“But you saw tonight, Marrsy can play left back.
“He’s like Dennis Irwin, he’s right footed but can play left back at a canter.
“We’ve got Millsy who can play right back, but we’re playing him at centre half, and Scott Garner, who’s a defender playing in midfield.
“If Benno takes two months to get fit then we can play Marrsy at left back. It’s no big deal to us.
“If Benno’s ready we’ll play him, if he ain’t then we’ll play Marrsy.
“People look at it as if we’ve only got Benno at the club who can play left back.”