JAMIE Yates has refused to rule out returning to Boston United one day – but he is adamant he has ‘no regrets’ about his switch to Gainsborough Trinity.
On Saturday, the winger will return to the Jakemans Stadium for the first time since his summer move to the Pilgrims’ county rivals.
And with the Blues eyeing up a place in the Blue Square Bet North play-offs, Yates believes he made the right decision.
“Everybody has regrets in life. But in this situation there are no regrets.
“Hopefully, I’m going to be involved in my third play-offs on the bounce.
“I came to Gainsborough, first and foremost, to be successful, and I think we’ve had a successful season.”
Yates’ last kick of the ball in a United shirt saw him deliver the cross for Danny Davidson to power home a dramatic late equaliser in last season’s play-off semi-final against Guiseley.
But it was a move that injured the wideman, and he had to watch from the dug-out as the Pilgrims were eliminated on penalties.
That day, he was applauded off the pitch.
However, he doesn’t expect the same treatment from the Boston faithful on Saturday (KO 3pm).
“I can understand the mixed reaction I got from the Boston fans when we played them at Gainsborough,” he added.
“They don’t like any player leaving them for a rival.
“But I will always remember the good relationship we had when I was at Boston.”
And it is that relationship which makes Yates admit he would still, one day, like to return.
He continued: “I have nothing but fantastic memories of my time at Boston.
“And it’s one place I would never ever rule out returning to.
“It’s a great club. But right now, I’m concentrating on getting Gainsborough promoted.”
Seeing their rivals reach the Blue Square Premier is something United will pull out all the stops to prevent.
And after recording two victories over the Blues in the league and Lincs Senior Shield this season, they are hoping for a third straight win.
Manager Jason Lee - who scored for United in their 3-1 league win at the Northolme - is desperate to ensure Trinity aren’t in party mood come 5pm on Saturday.
He said: “Gainsborough will probably bring about 57 fans – but it means something to our large support and something to their little support.
“We went there fired up and won, and we don’t want them to get one back over us.
“I’d rather be playing in games that mean something later in the season.
“We’ll want to throw a few spanners Gainsborough’s way.”
In response, Trinity boss Steve Housham labelled Boston as nothing more than ‘noisy neighbours’.
But Lee failed to stifle a laugh as he had the final say: “Whatever we are, the noisy neigbours? If they haven’t got any support then it’s not our fault is it?”