Collins hooks a Mariner

Tom Charlesworth.
Tom Charlesworth.

Nathan Collins is backing his young recruits to do the business for Boston Town.

The Poachers this week signed midfielder Tom Charlesworth after he was released by Grimsby Town.

And manager Collins has no doubts that his latest signing - who rose through the youth ranks to appear for the Mariners’ first team last season - will be an important addition to a side which are determined to take their place back among the UCL Premier’s elite.

“I’ve known Tom a long time,” said Collins, who formerly worked with Grimsby’s youth set up.

“He’s fantastic on the ball and has a great range of passing.

“I think that if it wasn’t for the finances at Grimsby then he would definitely have been offered a pro contract there.

“But they’re under pressure to get promotion, so I think they’re looking at more experienced players.”

Collins believes that Boston forward Lee Wattam is in a similar position to Charlesworth.

Wattam - who spent the end of last season on loan at Town from Blundell Park - was also let go by the Mariners, who do not operate with a development team or reserve side.

And after turning down an offer to play in the United States, the forward has pledged his future to the Poachers.

“We’ve got two good young players who I think were good enough to get pro offers,” Collins added.

“I don’t want to put too many young players in and put pressure on them, but I’ve got two who I think will blend well with the more experienced players we’ve got.”