Marc Newsham admits that it will be a ‘strange’ feeling returning to Boston United next season.
After six highly-successful campaigns with the Pilgrims, the next time he pulls up at the Jakemans Stadium it will be with county rivals Gainsborough Trinity.
Newsham - who scored 110 times for Boston - opted to make the move to the Northolme this summer after a contract offer from manager Steve Housham.
The recently-married father-of-two was invited to link-up for pre-season training with United, but the security that comes with a deal was too much to turn down.
“I’ve just got married so I spoke to my wife about it, weighing up a contract on one hand and a risk on the other,” he said.
“It was a tough decision, I’ve been there six years, it’s a great club and I’ve made a lot of friends, but there wasn’t an offer on the table and it was nice to be wanted by Gainsborough.
“It will be strange running out against Boston but I’ve got to be professional, I’m a Blue now and I want to do my best for them – I can’t dictate what the crowd will be like, if it’s good or bad I’ll deal with it.”
Joining Trinity also offers Newsham the chance to once again link up with close friend and former Rotherham United and Pilgrims teammate Jamie Yates.
The 28-year-old was twice named Boston’s Player of the Year and was the club’s leading scorer on three occasions.
However, long-term knee problems caused him to miss chunks of the past two seasons.
And when he did finally overcome his tendonitis issue, the in-form partnership of Dayle Southwell and Mark Jones meant his match time was limited.
“From November I was free of injury, I just couldn’t get in the team because we had two strikers scoring for fun, so I struggled for match fitness,” added Newsham (pictured), who wants to be back to his best in time for the upcoming National League North campaign.
“I started my pre-season running a few weeks back.
“I don’t think any footballer truthfully enjoys pre-season, it’s a necessary evil.
“I might not enjoy all the running but we start training a week on Saturday and I’m looking forward to it.”