Dylan McEvoy says he was never going to turn down the chance to join Boston United - after receiving some advice from Sunderland academy graduate Liam Agnew.
The 18-year-old Black Cat made his Pilgrims debut during Saturday’s 1-0 victory over AFC Telford United, catching the eye with a confident performance at left-back.
He is the latest youngster from the Premier League’s youth set-up to arrive at the Jakemans Stadium on loan, following in the footsteps of team-mates such as Max Stryjek, Joel Dixon, David Ferguson, Tom McNamee and Liam Marrs, who is now at Boston full-time.
But it was Agnew who reccommended the club, suggesting it played a large part in him earning a professional contract at the Stadium of Light.
“I was speaking to Aggers a few days ago, before I even knew I was coming down,” McEvoy explained.
“He said that if there was ever a chance to come here then I should take it.
“It showed him a lot, he grew up and realised what the other side of the game was like.
“He came back a lot stronger and you could tell the difference it made when he came back to the academy.
“I hope it does the same for me.”
McEvoy was drafted in following the knee injury which ended Brentford loanee Aaron Greene’s season the previous week at Nuneaton.
“Thank-you to Sunderland once again,” said Pilgrims boss Dennis Greene.
“They’ve helped us out on the occasions when we really needed help.
“And I think we’ve got a really good emerging talent on our hands right now.”
McEvoy is now keen to return to action for the Pilgrims this Saturday when they host Alfreton Town (KO 3pm).
With Carl Piergianni suspended for the contest, United will be hoping fellow central defender Zak Mills will overcome a hamstring twinge which saw him substituted at the weekend.