Sunderland midfielder Agnew hopes Boston United experience can improve his game

Liam Agnew.
Liam Agnew.

Liam Agnew believes that his spell at Boston United will turn him into a more complete player.

The 19-year-old midfielder was one of four new faces drafted into the threadbare Pilgrims squad ahead of Saturday’s 4-2 defeat at Hednesford Town.

But while the futures of non-contract players Pa Sulay Njie, Brad Gascoigne and Dan Pritchard hang in the balance, Agnew - who is on work experience from Premier League Sunderland - is expected to remain at York Street for the forseeable future.

“My long-term goal is to hopefully get into the Sunderland first team, but I want to basically get experience here, train hard, play hard and improve as much as I can,” said Agnew, a regular feature in the Black Cats’ under 21s side.

“(Boston is) a good club. It’s different to what we’re used to at under 21s, so you get a lot of good experience playing against men, real footballers.

“I’m happy to get the experience here. It’s a massive part of my development and a massive learning curve.”

Following Saturday’s defeat, United manager Dennis Greene confirmed that midfielder Kyle Dixon is also set to join on loan from League One Notts County.

“He’s a box to box player, he’s tenacious, he’ll get up and down,” Greene said of the player, who has also had a loan spell at Grantham Town this season. “At the moment we look really, really lightweight in midfield and we’ve got to add some steel to that.”

Striker Charley Sanders has signed a contract with the Pilgrims until the end of next season, but will spend the remainder of this campaign on loan at King’s Lynn Town.

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