Lamin Colley has revealed how he almost dropped down two divisions this summer - before Boston United winger Jason St Juste put him straight.
The former Stockport County and Bradford Park Avenue striker was a free agent after leaving the Horsfall Stadium at the end of last season.
Desperate to get his future sorted, the Gambian was close to accepting an offer from the lower reaches of non-league, before a chance phone call with an old teammate turned things on their head.
“I spoke to Jason St Juste and was just asking him how he was as we are friends after playing at Bradford together,” Colley revealed.
“He said he’s playing for Boston and I told him I had no club.
“He said he’d speak to the manager, so he had a word and he told me to come down.
“He’s a good lad, just looking out for me. I was going to drop down two leagues below - but he wasn’t having that.
“It’s a good thing and I’m glad I didn’t.”
Since arriving at Boston, Colley has impressed with his close control and eye for goal, scoring in his first two friendlies against Boston Town and Peterborough United.
Now he is hoping he can continue his goalscoring touch in the National League North, and show the Boston fans exactly what he can offer.
Colley added: “It’s a good start. I’m hoping it continues like this.
“I’m going to get my head down, work hard and hopefully score lots of goals.
“I’ve played against them (Boston) for Bradford and had tough, tough games. I’ve never really done well against them.
“But coming here to a big club is good for me, we want to do well.”