Dennis Greene is confident he can attract two quality centre backs to Boston United before the season kicks off... but he is refusing to rush into any signings.
The Pilgrims boss says he was shocked to discover that Tom Ward was following Nathan Stainfield out of the club, after both had previously pledged their future to United.
However, Greene says he is currently in discussions with ‘a couple’ of central defenders.
He told The Standard: “It’s that time of the year where players want to keep their options open.
“Good defenders, defenders at the standard we want, perhaps think they’ve got a shout at getting into a Conference National club.
“They’ll head of to those clubs on trial hoping to get in.
“So we have to take our time if we want to sign players like that.
“It’s the mediocre players that don’t have anywhere to go.
“We could rush out and maybe sign one or two of them. But they’re not the people we want at this club.”
Stainfield joined Spalding United, with Ward set to train with Conference North rivals Gainsborough Trinity tonight.
Commenting on Ward’s departure, Greene added: “It is a shock I suppose, especially after reading that article.”
The manager was referring to an interview Ward gave to The Standard, where he said he was remaining loyal to the club which gave him his chance at this level.
However, the Sleaford-based defender - who is currently studying at university and doesn’t have an income away from football - has told the paper he would prefer the stability offered by a contract, which Boston weren’t offering.
“I’m talking to a couple of people and we’ve got some trialists coming in as well,” Greene added.
“It’s my priority now to bring in two centre halves.
“I needed to bring in one after Nathan left. Now I need to bring in two.
“I need a right-footed centre half as I’ve got a left-footed one (Carl Piergianni).”