Jason says relax! Boston United in no rush to sign up players

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PILGRIMS fans have been told not to expect a spree of new signings over the next few weeks.

BOSTON United chairman David Newton has told The Standard he believes managers Jason Lee and Lee Canoville are ‘relaxed’ about taking their time to run the rule over potential new recruits.

“I’m like everyone else, I’d like to have the squad in place,” said Newton, who has previously overseen managers Tommy Taylor and Rob Scott and Paul Hurst create teams from scratch over a matter of weeks.

“But Jason and Lee are a lot more laid back about things, like Rob and Paul were before.

“They’re happy to wait until pre-season to look at a number of players.

“That way they can evaluate the players’ skill levels and see how they would fit into the squad.

“That’s the way they would like to do things, and I’m comfortable with that.”

Despite snapping up Chris Hall from Alfreton this week, patience could also be more than a virtue for United in the close season, as they look to maximise their gains.

Newton has revealed he has ‘slightly’ reduced the club’s playing budget for the campaign, but suggests that not rushing into any signings could save the club a few pennies as well.

He added: “A lot of players will be looking to get clubs as soon as possible.

“But the longer they go without signing a contract the more affordable they become.

“We have slightly less of a budget than last season, the managers were aware of that when they took the position.

“We want to balance the books - we didn’t quite achieve that last year.”

Gareth Jelleyman, Danny Sleath, Marc Newsham and Paul Bastock have all signed on.

Ryan Semple and Kevin Austin have agreed deals in principle.