DUTCHMAN John Van Engel’s Boston United career looks to be over... before he even kicked a ball for the club.
Pilgrims bosses Jason Lee and Lee Canoville were left stunned yesterday when – ahead of the Lincs Senior Shield final at Grantham Town, in which he was expected to play – the winger called up to say he had played in a friendly match for Blue Square Bet Premier Kettering Town that afternoon.
“We were looking for him to start today and give us some impressions of what he’s all about,” Lee told The Standard following last night’s 2-0 defeat.
“But he played for Kettering. We received a phone call telling us he’s played for Kettering already and would come play for us if necessary.
“But that’s never going to happen, at any level.
“As far as we’re concerned we move on and play someone else.” The 23-year-old signed with the Blue Square Bet North club on Saturday evening, after watching the side suffer a 3-0 defeat at Worcester City.
However, he seems keen on touting himself around English football after leaving SVV Scheveningen in the Dutch Hoofdklasse, the highest tier of non-league in The Netherlands.
If he is keen on signing for Kettering, who have had a transfer embargo imposed on them this season due to their financial situation, then the Poppies will have to put in a seven-day approach as he is registered with United.
Although not completely closing the door on Van Engel, unimpressed Lee does not think he has helped himself earn a future at York Street.
“There’s a serious question mark over that,” he added.
“He’s not a player who’s really committed himself to us.
“The boy will have to get his head round things.
“We have to deal with this at a non-league level, people do let you down or get better offers. You just get on with it.”