New Boston United keeper Christian Dibble seeks the experiences to help him hit the big time - but first he wants a Pilgrims promotion

Christian Dibble.
Christian Dibble.

Christian Dibble was always going to be a goalkeeper.

Like so many youngsters, his proud dad took him outside from a young age and taught him how to kick a ball.

Christian Dibble

Christian Dibble

But when your old man is former Manchester City, Rangers and Wales keeper Andy Dibble then learning how to catch, block and parry is also high up on the curriculum.

“I think from an early age he’s always taken me out and tried to make me a goalkeeper, so I’ve stepped up and tried to be better than he is,” said the Boston United summer signing, keen to eclipse the career of Dibble snr, who also turned out for the likes of Cardiff City, Luton Town, Middlesbrough, Aberdeen, West Brom and Sheffield United.

“That’s my goal.”

Standing 6 feet 4 ins tall, Dibble has the physical attributes and presence demanded of youngsters looking to carve out a career between the sticks in the modern game.

Christian Dibble.

Christian Dibble.

But after recently leaving Oakwell the 22-year-old is now desperate to gain the experience and game management which can only come with regular first-team football.

“I think, when I was at Barnsley, it was a lot of go to Nuneaton and play 10 games there, go to Chelmsford and play 25 games there, so hopefully I can get a strong season ahead of me,” Dibble told The Standard.

“I want to play a lot of games and show people what I can do. I need the experience.

“Keepers will always make mistakes, that happens, but for me it’s all about learning.

“If I make mistakes I have to live with it, even the top flight keepers do.

“I just want to be the best player I can for this team.”

Of course, were Dibble to have a game to forget he has the advantage of having the current Rotherham goalkeeping coach on speed dial (‘it’s good for me after a game, if there’s something I need to talk to him about or ask him about then he can help me’), but the confident number one has arrived at the Jakemans Stadium with his sights set on glory, and not what-ifs.

“I’m very happy to be here. It’s a new challenge for me again and I want to show everyone what I can do,” he continued.

“I want to help the team get as high as I can, get in the play-offs like last year - or possibly higher.

“It’s a young squad, very athletic and we have a good chance.

“These early pre-season games are all about us bonding, getting to know each other. It’s a new squad, technically.

“In every game I want to get a clean sheet. I’ve never set myself a target, but I may need to do that this year, give myself something to work for.”

Dibble was rarely troubled as he played the first half of last night’s 4-0 friendly victory at Boston Town, before trialist Michael Emery took over for the second 45.

And having the ex-Gainsborough Trinity keeper breathing down his neck is something the Pilgrims stopper welcomes.

“I don’t want to be here playing and having nobody to compete with,” Dibble said.

“You always want to be pushed.”

Boston are now preparing for Saturday’s contest against Peterborough United and Tuesday’s arrival of Lincoln City, but tonight attention will turn to Lyon and Wales’ European Championship semi-final against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal.

And with both father and son having proudly collected caps for their country, there is no guessing who they will be rooting for.

“It’s got to be Wales,” Dibble added.

“I’ve been capped from under 16s to 21s, so it’s definitely Wales.

I have a good feeling they can make the final. I’ll be cheering them on, and I hope you will too.”