Dennis Greene says he is ‘confident’ home-town trialist Liam Adams can secure a deal with Boston United.
The 18-year-old scored an eyecatching 25-yard effort as the Pilgrims drew 1-1 with a strong Grimsby Town outfit last night.
But Greene said he was already taking notice of the young attacker... who he hopes can follow in the footsteps of former fan favourites Carl Piergianni and Zak Mills.
“Liam’s one of them players, he’s a local lad and I’m sure he’ll be with us,” he told The Standard.
“He’s one of them who is a developing talent. He might not be a regular starter, but I like him.
“He’s got a bit of tenacity about him. He’s not frightened and he carries the ball well.
“He can go inside, outside, play right-hand side or as a number 10.
“He hasn’t done himself any harm. He’s always been in my thoughts, it’s just how much game time we can get him.”
Naming the right squad and helping young talents to emerge is always a difficult balancing act for managers.
Last season Greene opted to keep Cameron Johnson with his first team set-up, while Harry Limb - who left the club this summer - was sent out on loan to get match action.
If he brings Adams into the fold and makes him the club’s 13th summer signing then he may have to decide what he thinks will be be the best thing for the teenager.
But first, the main objective is to put pen to paper.
“I’m sure he will end up making the squad. I’m pretty confident of that,” Greene continued.
“It’ll just be a decision about whether we loan him out at some stage to get game time or whether we use him like that.
“He’s certainly got potential, there’s no doubt about it.”
Adams was a member of the Pilgrims’ Centre of Excellence before being poached by Nottingham Forest’s academy.
Piergianni and Mills were both United youth teamers who had to leave York Street - Piergianni joining Peterborough United and Mills Histon - before coming back and shining.
And Greene hopes Adams can do the same.
“We lost him as an academy player to Nottingham Forest, and he may just now have a decent career here.,” the manager said.
“He’s a quiet lad, but he’s got something about him, that’s for sure.
“They didn’t do too bad, so hopefully he will as well.”