Returning midfielder Kyle Dixon has admitted he didn’t realise how much he was enjoying life at Boston United until he left.
Yesterday the 20-year-old signed a permanent contract which will keep him with the Pilgrims until the end of next season.
“I’m massively happy,” Dixon told The Standard. “I’m at the club where I want to be.
“I’ve really enjoyed it here at Boston, it’s the only club I wanted to join.
“You don’t always realise how welcoming the crowd and the staff are until you leave.
“I’ve always got on really well with everyone here, the players are all good lads. The manager believes in me as well.”
Dixon became a free agent on Monday after his Notts County contract was ended by mutual consent.
And although he admits to mixed emotions after leaving the club he’s been with for the past five years, Dixon knows that regular football is the only way to ensure his career flourishes.
“It was emotionally hard to leave the club,” Dixon added.
“I’ve been there a long time and get on well with everyone there, from the players to the chairman and his wife.
“Saying goodbye was emotional.
“But I’m at the stage where I need to be playing football as much as possible.”
Dixon had initially joined Conference Premier side AFC Telford United on loan from the Magpies until the end of the season.
But after being viewed as a defender by the Bucks and making two appearances from the substitutes’ bench, he realised he wanted to be back with Boston - something which angered manager Telford Steve Kittrick.
“He’s done himself a lot of harm with Notts County and us,” Kittrick told BBC Radio Shropshire.
“He rang me on Sunday and told me that because he’s not playing he wants to go back to Boston.
“That’s what you’ve got to manage sometimes. Immaturity in a player.”
However, Dixon believes he made the correct decision in severing ties at the New Bucks Head.
“At the time it seemed the right decision (to join Telford) because you think that playing at the highest level possible is good for your development.
“The manager said some things which weren’t what we said to each other, but that happens in football.
“I hope that people who actually know me know I’m not like that.
“I just want to concentrate on playing football now.”
Dixon first joined the Pilgrims on loan from County last season, making five appearances.
He has also made a further 17 appearances for United this campaign - and is eligible to feature in Saturday’s Vanarama North contest at Hyde (KO 3pm).