New Boston United keeper Timms wants to be judged for his ability on the pitch

Ashley Timms.
Ashley Timms.

Goalkeeper Ashley Timms has told Boston United fans that he wants to be remembered for what he does on the pitch - and not his controversial past.

The 6ft 4ins stopper has seen his career stalled by two high-profile prison sentences.

But now the 27-year-old says his indescretions are behind him.

“I was young and made mistakes, but I want to start thinking about my future and not the past,” said Timms, who signed on Saturday.

“People should be worrying about what I do on the pitch and not what’s happened before.”

The former Manchester City trainee was given a 20-month sentence in 2008 for attempting to blackmail an unnamed Premier League player for £15,000, after filming him having sex with a woman.

Then in 2011 he received a two-year sentence for his part in a bank scam with links to Nigeria.

“I’m older and wiser now,” Timms added. “I’ve got a partner and I’m settled in life.

“You show me somebody who says they’ve never made mistakes and I’ll show you a liar.”

Timms finished last season with Blue Square Bet North rivals Hinckley, and has also been on the books of Shrewsbury Town and Accrington Stanley.

Timms turned down trial offers from Football League sides as he wanted to be guaranteed regular football.