JASON Lee has handed new signing Kern Miller a massive thumbs up – stating he could be as good as Boston United hero Shaun Pearson.
However, he has warned the 20-year-old centre back he still has to prove himself at the Jakemans Stadium.
“He’s a young centre half, but he has shown lots of promise over the years,” Lee said of his new signing.
“It’s now up to him to come in and establish himself and get games under his belt.
“There’s still a lack of experience, but you get that by playing games.
“We’ll give him that platform.
“We’ve seen it here with young players before, like Shaun Pearson, they’re hungry enough to go and do well in the game.”
Pearson helped Boston United to two top-five finishes in as many seasons, including promotion from the UniBond Premier, before joining Grimsby Town last summer.
It was a switch that saw the Pilgrims handed an undisclosed figure in compensation, after losing the man who won the Player of the Season title for a record two consecutive years.
Beginning his career with Lincoln City before turning out for Barnsley, Accrington Stanley, Hereford United, Gainsborough and Worksop, Skegness-raised Miller has failed to yet impose himself in a starting line-up.
Lee says it is now time to shine.
He added: “I think he’d be the first to admit that (he’s not reached potential).
“He’s a young man still and he’s got good attributes.
“But there’s still a lack of experience, but you get that by playing games.”
Miller – who used to cheer on the Pilgrims as a youngster - agrees he needs some stability in his career.
He added: “I want to settle and get as many games under my belt and do well for Boston. That’s my main aim.
“Boston’s a good club and hopefully we can do well.”