Gregg Smith says he is ready to do battle for Boston United.
The burly striker signed a deal with the Pilgrims before Saturday’s 3-2 friendly defeat at National League Gateshead.
And despite being suspended for the opening two games of the campaign - at home to Stalybridge Celtic on Saturday and away to Harrogate Town on Tuesday - he says he can’t wait to impose himself upon the club’s rivals.
“A physical battle is my second nature, I don’t know any different,” the 26-year-old told The Standard.
“I can play football as well as being that battering ram everyone seems to think I function as.
“But I can do both.
“If it’s a game of football then I can adapt, but if someone wants to battle then let’s have it.”
Smith caught manager Dennis Greene’s eye playing for Stamford against the Pilgrims in pre-season.
The striker has previously played for King’s Lynn Town, Spalding United and Grantham Town, also having National League North experience with Corby Town.
Smith featured for Boston in last Tuesday’s 3-1 pre-season success at King’s Lynn as well as getting on the scoresheet at the weekend, and he has no qualms about moving to the Jakemans Stadium.
“Around Lincolnshire, I’ve played for every team around and, obviously, you want to play as high as you can,” he added.
“Going to Boston United is probably the highest around Lincolnshire where I’ve been around, so there wasn’t any question.
“I’ve got a two-game suspension I’ve got to sort out, but I’m available for Darlington away.
“I’m eager to play and eager to win.
“I want to work hard and do what I can for the team.”
Winger Liam Adams became Boston’s 14th summer signing after penning a deal on Sunday.
Greene says he also expects attacker Marcus Marshall and Ollie Price to be part of his squad this term.
Former Grimsby Town and Lincoln City man Marshall has impressed in pre-season while young defender Price has returned to the club after a spell in the USA, but is awaiting international clearance.