Phil Watt has admitted he feared a hostile reception when he joined Boston United.
The defender believed that playing for the Pilgrims’ county rivals Lincoln City and Grantham Town could see him receive some flack from the proud York Street faithful.
“I didn’t know how it’d go down,” he said.
“We were local rivals once, so I didn’t know how the fans would react.”
But after impressing since his arrival, the 25-year-old believes he is fitting in well.
And despite his reservations about his welcome, Watt says he was never going to turn down the opportunity to join United.
“I know a lot about Boston, I played here in reserve and youth team matches,” he added.
“It’s a good club.
“As soon as he (Graham Drury) mentioned Boston, I knew I’d come. It’s a massive opportunity.”
Watt was a member of home-town club Rotherham United’s youth set up until he joined the Imps as a 16-year-old.
He spent a spell on loan with Grantham Town before being promoted to the first team squad.
But after failing to hold down a place in the first team, he rejoined the Gingerbreads on loan yet again.
This was followed by a loan spell at Corby, before a permanent move to the Steelmen.
It was there he first played under current Boston boss Drury.
After leaving Corby – who he helped to the Southern League title in 2009 – Watt moved to the Meres Stadium for the third time.
With Grantham he won the Evo-Stik Division One South.
But this season, the opportunity to play under Drury once again, encouraged him to switch to York Street.
He added: “Graham Drury is very good at motivation.
“He gets the best out of his players.
“He wants hard work and graft.”
Drury is full of praise for his new addition - his second signing as Pilgrims boss.
“He will run through walls for you,” said Drury in his glowing assessment following Watt’s arrival.
“He’s a leader and aggressive in what he does.
“Phil is a lovely kid. But he’s not nice when he crosses that white line, and we need that.
“We’re a little too nice.”
“The one thing about Phil is that he’s brave in what he does.”
Watt made his debut on January 8 in the 2-1 home defeat to Harrogate Town.
On that night, the Pilgrims were out of sorts and comfortably beaten.
However, there was improvement in his second appearance.
Partnering Tom Ward in the heart of defence for the second time, he helped the Pilgrims keep only their fifth clean sheet of the Blue Square Bet North season.
Mark Jones’ goal settled the contest against Colwyn Bay as Boston won 1-0.
Jordan Smith - another ex-Corby player - was Drury’s first signing and midfielder Anton Foster his third.