PILGRIMS boss Jason Lee has vowed to replace Danny Sleath - after the midfielder rocked Boston United by opting to join Nuneaton Town.
Sleath had told the club he would sign on for fourth season at the Jakemans Stadium.
The reason he hadn’t previously put pen to paper was because he didn’t want any distractions while he prepared to sit his final exams at Loughborough University.
But as the Pilgrims played the waiting game, Borough - who won promotion from the Blue Square Bet North via the play-offs last term - swooped for the 25-year-old.
Although disappointed, Lee remains pragmatic.
He said: “We wish Danny well.
“He is stepping up a division and we cannot stand in his way.
“We expected the move in all honesty, and talks are under way with targets to replace him.”
However, Sleath will be a tough player to replace.
Last season, United won 45 per cent of the 38 matches Sleath appeared in.
Compare that to the 12 games they have competed in without his services – where United lost 68 per cent – and it shows how vital contribution is.
“It is sad to leave such a great club as Boston United but the opportunity to play at Conference level is something I could not turn down and I am excited about the new challenge in my life,” Sleath said. “I am overwhelmed by the support I have received from the fans during my spell at the club.”
He joined the club at the start of the 2009-10 campaign, helping the Pilgrims to victory in the UniBond Premier play-off final as well as the UniBond Cup and Lincolnshire Senior Shield.