Dennis Greene believes that National League North rivals should underestimate Lewis Hilliard at their peril.
After finally landing his man, the Boston United manager has been full of praise for the midfielder, who has scored three times in five appearances since linking up with the Jakemans Stadium side.
Greene suggested Hilliard may not appear to look like the most active player on the turf, but he paid his player a huge compliment, likening him to former England great Chris Waddle.
“Sometimes with Lewis - hopefully the fans will learn this about him - he’s like a Chris Waddle type player,” the manager said.
“He looks like he’s doing nothing but he’s very effective.
“He’s got one of those lazy, ambling runs, but he never gives the ball away, and he works hard to make sure he’s always two or three steps ahead of everyone else.
“He reads things very quickly.”
Unlike Waddle at Italia 90, Hilliard has already kept his cool from the penalty spot, converting from 12 yards in the Pilgrims’ recent 4-1 victory over Lowestoft. And he has impressed enough to earn a contract to keep him at the club until the end of next season.
Greene managed Hilliard during his spell with St Neots, and has made numerous attempts to bring him to Boston.
However, before finally answering his former boss’ call, Hilliard opted to stay with the Saints, before then taking his chance in the National League South.
“I’ve tried every pre-season for the past three years,” Greene said. “St Neots had promised him they were going to win a title, so he stayed.
“They never delivered in the first year, they made promises again and never delivered in the second year.
“He left this year but went more local, because he’d moved address and moved to St Albans.
“But he moved back to where he was and we had an opportunity to get him.
“You can see what a fantastic player he is, he rarely gives the ball away.
“He’s always had that quality.”