Like a bear with a sore head! Newsham hates his time on the Boston United sidelines

Marc Newsham scores at Stockport.
Marc Newsham scores at Stockport.

Striker Marc Newsham has cut a frustrated figure stuck on the sidelines.

The Pilgrims forward - who has netted 107 goals in his five seasons with the club - has been a spectator in pre-season while he continues treatment for a knee injury.

“I cant stand it. I’m like a bear with a sore head when I don’t play,” admitted Newsham, who hopes to resume full training within the next few weeks.

While the rest of the squad build up their match fitness in warm-up contests, Newsham has been carrying out his own rehabilitation programme, set for him by club sports therapist Katie Cooper.

He says there has not been any reaction to his light training and hopes to be back in action as soon as possible.

In the meantime, Newsham has been able to cast his eyes on the new forward partnership of Scott Garner, the defender currently being remoulded into a forward, and Dayle Southwell, a new recruit from Grimsby Town.

And he likes what he has seen, adding: “People think centre halves can’t play up top, but Garns has got a good touch for a big man and he’s putting himself about.

“If he’s not scoring he’s creating chances and linking up well with Dayle. Hopefully, I can be in the mix too.

“Garns has been good up there and Dayle’s looked very sharp. Hopefully, we can all contribute and have a good season.”