It was ‘devastating’ to leave Boston United, says returning winger Semple

Ryan Semple.
Ryan Semple.
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Ryan Semple admits it was ‘absolutely devastating’ to be told his Boston United career was over.

The 2011-12 season had just ended, and manager Jason Lee hit the winger with the news that he no-longer featured in his plans.

“It was devastating, absolutely devastating,” Semple told The Standard.

“I never wanted to leave in the first place. I still thought I had more to give the club, but Jason had his own ideas.

“I looked back at all the good times I had at Boston but it still wasn’t a nice feeling to leave like that. But I have to say they there was never any animosity.”

After leaving the Pilgrims, Semple enjoyed spells with Corby Town and Bury Town.

But in a twist of fate, current boss Dennis Greene moved for the wideman last week.

And as Bury waived United’s seven-day approach, Semple looks set to make his return as the Pilgrims face Workington tonight (KO 7.45pm).

Semple added: “I remember playing against Workington in the past. I remember scoring and remember that picture of me celebrating in front of a few fans (during a 5-3 away victory).

“I had some good times at Boston and the main thing is that we can have many more.”

The winger admits it may take some time for him to fit back in at York Street.

But he has previously played alongside a handful of the current squad at Boston, as well as sharing a dressing room with Ricky Miller, Carl Piergianni and Stefan Galinski at the Steelmen last season.

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To read Semple’s thoughts on returning to Boston, don’t miss the Boston Standard, out tomorrow.