Man’s game suits Black Cats! Sunderland loanees Agnew and Ferguson enjoying rough and tumble with Boston United

Liam Agnew.
Liam Agnew.

They may be continuing their education at the school of hard knocks, but Boston United youngsters Liam Agnew and David Ferguson say they are well up for the rough-and-tumble approach of the Skrill North.

The two 19-year-olds, currently on loan from Premier League Sunderland, have been sent to York Street to toughen up.

The bowling green-like surfaces and passing style of the under 21s development league may help turn young hopefuls into technically gifted players.

But the physical side of the game is not always evident in such matches.

And that’s why the Black Cats pair find themselves in Lincolnshire.

It may be a complete change of scene, but it is something the pair are loving.

“The shiner’s cleared up but I’ve still got a massive bruise on my shoulder,” said Agnew, who picked up a black eye during Boston’s 6-0 victory over Gainsborough Trinity.

“But that’s men’s football. I came here to learn about that and it’s just great to be involved in a contact sport.

“I love to play the beautiful game, but I need to learn more about men’s football.”

Ferguson is United’s most recent recruit, having joined just 10 days ago.

He had a previous loan spell with Darlington two seasons ago, but is back for more punishment.

“Physically, it’s different but fitness wise I feel good,” he said. “In the under 21s you’re playing against lads the same age.

“Here it’s a different game and you’re going to get knocks and kicks.

“It’s different but you get that, people stronger than you flying in, and you have to get used to it.

“Here’s a good place to start.”