LAWRIE Dudfield has come out of retirement - and vowed to repay Boston United for saving him from the football wilderness.
The striker, who marked his return to York Street last week, quit the game in 2009 after a bitter split from Corby Town.
“It’s been two years since I retired and I didn’t think I’d ever be back,” admitted Dudfield, who says he couldn’t resist the chance to link up with the Pilgrims once again.
Ex-Leicester City, Hull City and Northampton Town man Dudfield, 30, is still in the process of taking legal action against Corby for the manner in which his contract ended.
Despite not wishing to discuss the situation, he did admit that this was the reason he initially blew the final whistle on his playing career.
He told The Standard: “I just wasn’t enjoying my football. And I don’t think it’s right just to turn up and collect money.
“I still believe in my ability, but the problems there were affecting my family, and I knew that it was time to stop.”
But Dudfield made an eyebrow-raising return to the game last Wednesday when he and fellow former Notts County striker Stef Frost were signed by new United bosses Jason Lee and Lee Canoville, who also played with the pair for the Magpies.
And in a weird role reversal, Dudfield - who is Lee’s boss during the week as they work in a coaching capacity for Nottingham Forest - now spends his weekend’s answering to his former teammate.
“Jason’s offer came out of the blue and he asked me if I was interested in helping out,” added Dudfield, who scored five goals in his League Two season with the Pilgrims in 2005-06 before being let go by then-boss Steve Evans.
“I haven’t been interested in returning until now, but I didn’t want to turn down the chance to work with Jason again.
“Boston’s a good club with a good atmosphere, especially now the Steve Evans circus isn’t here anymore.”
Dudfield and 21-year-old Frost, who signed from Evo-Stik Division One South outfit Rainworth Miners Welfare, were expected to make appearances alongside Lee for the United Reserves against Swineshead last night.
The pair face stiff opposition for a place in attack alongside Spencer Weir-Daley, Danny Davidson, Adam Boyes, Marc Newsham and Lee, although Miles Hunter left the club on Monday as he relocated to Edinburgh. Reserve team leading scorer Mickey Stones has also been bumped up to the first team squad.