LEE Canoville says Boston United couldn’t have done anything more to try to keep hold of Spencer Weir-Daley in the summer... but admitted the striker’s goals have been ‘missed’.
However, he is delighted to have the forward back in the squad at last.
A contract offer was put to last season’s leading scorer in the close season, but was rescinded after Weir-Daley didn’t accept the terms by the deadline handed to him.
Instead, the former Nottingham Forest forward fulfilled his ambition of returning to the full-time game, signing with Blue Square Bet Premier new boys AFC Telford.
“I don’t think we could have done anything more,” said Canoville.
“He’s a young lad and wanted to try something higher.
“We couldn’t convince him to stay at our level if he has an opportunity to play at the level above.”
Instead of waiting to discover Weir-Daley’s summer decision, and risk missing out on potential further targets, Canoville and fellow boss Jason Lee opted to look elsewhere.
They brought in Mikel Suarez and Julian Joachim to boost the front line.
But while they were released after failing to make impacts in the starting XI, Weir-Daley’s time was equally as miserable, making just three appearances for the Bucks.
Hindsight can prove to be a great thing.
Better late than never, goal-shy Boston and bench-warming Weir-Daley have been reunited in a move that appears to suit both parties.
“Things happen in a funny way in football and the opportunity came up,” said Canoville, who had to fight off other club’s for his striker’s signature.
“There were a lot of clubs interested in him from our league and he chose us.
“That showed his desire to come back.
“We’re delighted to have him back. Let’s hope he scores many more goals.” Weir-Daley netted his 36th Pilgrims goal on his second debut, the 4-2 FA Trophy defeat to Dartford on Saturday.
Now Canoville is hoping for more finishes.
He continued: “He looked sharp in training.
“He’s probably someone we’ve missed. He’s got pace and he can finish.
“(At Dartford) he looked lively and scored. He’s similar to Newsh (Marc Newsham), but has that bit more pace.
“We’re delighted to have him back. He’s a big positive for us.”