NATHAN Stainfield has told Boston United fans his best is still to come.
The defender earned a place in supporters’ hearts as he marked his debut with a match-winning header against Hinckley on Tuesday.
But now the Swineshead-based 22-year-old is ready to put the euphoria of that night behind him as he knuckles down in a bid to improve his game.
“I want the opportunity to improve, that’s why I came to Boston United,” said the former Boston Town man.
“I’ve got two good managers who can bring me on as a player.
“One plays in attack or at the back and the other plays at the back, so there’s plenty I can learn.
“They can bring the best out of me, I’ve just got to get back to full fitness now.”
Stainfield sat out of Saturday’s clash with Droylsden and was not close to being fully match fit when thrust on to face Hinckley.
He had only been back in the country for a fortnight when he signed for the Pilgrims, after missing pre-season to coach soccer in the USA.
However, he hopes to be ready for selection to face Evo-Stik Division One South Kidsgrove Athletic in FA Cup action at the Jakemans Stadium on Saturday.
Stainfield says he had no doubts about joining United from the Poachers.
He was given the backing of Town manager Martyn Lakin, who said he felt ‘proud’ to watch his young protégé progress.
But Stainfield also cited the likes of Tom Ward and Mickey Stones stepping up from UCL Premier and Lincs League football and making the Pilgrims first team as proof he could do the same.
“I know Wardy from previous years,” he added.
“He’s one of the lads here who proves you can do it if you show the right desire.”