Jake Hall looks set for Boston United return

Dennis Greene.
Dennis Greene.

Dennis Greene says that the door is open for Jake Hall to return to the Jakemans Stadium.

However, he has to prove to Boston United that he is committed to the club.

The box-to-box midfielder made 15 appearances for the Pilgrims last season, but quit the club after explaining that the travel from his London home to matches in the north of the country were taking their toll.

But after finishing last season with Conference South side Bishop’s Stortford, Hall realised he had made a mistake, something he admitted to fans as he left the pitch following Saturday’s pre-season draw with Aston Villa.

“He’s been pestering me through the summer to come back,” Greene told The Standard.

“He says he’s missed the football club and wanted to come back.

“What I don’t want to happen is to take Jake on again and then halfway through the season he tells me the travelling is a bit too much.

“Providing he wants to make sure he’s here for the duration then we’ll probably take him back.”

Hall made his first pre-season appearance for Boston against Villa in a lively second-half showing, and once again displayed the talents which Greene admits are too good to turn down.

The manager added: “He’s an energetic player. He’ll shut you down, he’ll make runs in behind and he’s a pain in the backside if you’re trying to mark him because he’s all over the place.

“He’s a player I certainly want in my group. He wants to come back, I want to take him so I’m sure we’ll sort something out.

“At the end of the day, there’s nothing like playing in an environment you’re happy in.

“Jake’s left and he’s missed it. Boston’s a big club and there’s not many better clubs to play football for.”

Meanwhile, the arrival of Hall may mean Greene has the tough task of cutting away one more trialist.

The Boston boss has been impressed with the crop of hopefuls currently training with the club.

“I keep trying to trim it down, and then I keep thinking ‘oh, I’ll have one more look’,” he said.

“But I’ve got to trim it down because by the time we get to Gainsborough (Lincs Senior Cup match on July 29) I’ve got to have 18 rather than 22.”

Greene added that on-trial defender Karlton Watson remains in his plans, despite the former Nottingham Forest man being unavailable on Saturday.