NEW signing Ollie Pinner has been handed the Boston United Reserves’ armband.
The utility man became manager Martyn Bunce’s first signing after taking over from Glen Maddison as boss of the Pilgrims’ second string.
Pinner, 27, has previously spent spells with Boston Town and Wisbech Town.
But Bunce said the lure of playing at the Jakemans Stadium proved the catalyst in helping him agree to return to his home town.
“We approached him and he liked the sound of what we’re trying to do,” Bunce told The Standard.
“He likes the thought of helping younger lads come through and develop their game.
“He also knows Boston is a big club with a good set-up and he wanted to be part of things here.
“He’ll be the skipper next season as well. We think he’s got lots to offer.”
Bunce has also snapped up midfielder Adam Lester, 24, who has been given the chance to make the step up after playing for Old Leake in the Boston and District Saturday Football League.
Bunce added: “He came recommended to us as a good ball player and he wanted to try it at this level.”
Former captain Nick Bishop, as well as Tony Edwards and Tom Sergeant, have already joined former manager Maddison at UCL Premier side Sleaford Town.
United Reserves will be one of 19 teams competing in the Lincs League next season.
Boston Town Reserves and Gainsborough Town are new additions to the league, while outgoing champions Cleethorpes Town have been replaced by the own reserve team.
Line-up: Boston Town Reserves, Boston United Reserves, CGB Humbertherm, Cleethorpes Town Reserves, Gainsborough Town, Grimsby Borough Reserves, Heckington United, Horncastle Town, Hykeham Town, Lincoln Moorlands Railway Reserves, Lincoln United Reserves, Louth Town Reserves, Market Rasen Town, Nettleham, Ruston Sports, Skegness Town, Skegness United, Sleaford Town Reserves, Swineshead Institute.
Meanwhile, Boston United’s under 18s will compete in an expanded North Division of the Football Conference Youth Alliance next season.
The Pilgrims will take part in an 11-team division - opposed to 10 teams in 2011-2012.
Fleetwood Town and Newcastle Town have departed the league, while Chasetown, Guiseley and Harrogate Town are the new additions.
Line-up: Birmingham City, Boston United, Chasetown, FC Halifax Town, Gateshead, Guiseley, Harrogate Town, Ilkeston FC, Mansfield Town, MMU Newcastle, Stalybridge Celtic.