If the kids are United! Boston boss Dennis Greene backs youngsters Sanders, Nuttell and Reed to succeed

Charley Sanders.
Charley Sanders.

Boston United boss Dennis Greene says that teenagers Charley Sanders, James Reed and Jordan Nuttell remain firmly in his plans.

The Pilgrims boss has made it clear that he wants to bring a tall, imposing target man to the club.

But after swooping for Ricky Miller this week, none of his attacking options fit that bill.

With that in mind, Greene believes Sanders could be his plan B to compliment forwards Miller, Marc Newsham, Spencer Weir-Daley and Ben Fairclough, who looks set to sign the deal offered to him.

“Charley’s developing nicely into that type of player,” Greene told The Standard.

“That type of player we want would cost a lot of money, and you have to think whether or not we would pay that for someone who might be playing 20 minutes a game.

“We want to play nice football, but have the option to change it around if we need to.”

Indeed, those target men in the Conference North who are still working their way down the divisions will expect good wages and their travelling costs covered if they are to join the Pilgrims.

With that in mind, and trying to balance the books, Greene sees little point looking further than the young talent on his doorstep.

Another teenage forward blessed with height is Jordan Nuttell, the son of ex-Pilgrims striker Micky.

Like Sanders, he has been asked to report for pre-season training.

“Jordan’s another good, young player,” the manager added.

“Like Charley, it’s up to him to work hard and show me he can play a part for the club at this level.

“They’re very good options to have on our budget.

“But they both have plenty of promise.”

Also in the Pilgrims’ youth club is James Reed.

The midfielder has made 20 first-team appearances since bursting onto the scene at the end of the 2011-12 season.

Just eight of those run-outs were in the starting XI, but Greene believes patience could be a virtue which sees the 18-year-old’s career progressing.

He added: “Reedy’s a young lad in a tough league. At his age it’s hard to be in the game week-in and week-out.

“He’s growing as a man, so to speak.

“He’s 18 years old and growing physically.

“There are experienced players who realise it’s hard to play week-in and week-out in the Conference North, so it’s even harder to find consistency as a young man.

“But if he’s patient he will become a very good player and it will all be rewarding for him.”