It was while scouting for the England C set-up that Nathan Collins realised he was missing the buzz of match days.
As he prepares for his return to Boston Town next season, the Poachers’ manager is excited about getting back on board that emotional rollercoaster with the club he knows so well.
“I really enjoyed the work with England C, it was a great experience,” Collins told The Standard.
“But I found myself sitting in the stands and enjoying the hospitality, and missing being down there.
“I missed being hands on and involved every week.”
Collins, a former Poachers player and manager, was eager to get back involved and answered the club’s call.
Although his focus is now on the DWB Stadium and helping the Poachers improve upon last season’s 16th-place finish in the UCL Premier, he will remain in contact with the nation’s non-league set-up.
“I had a chat with Paul Fairclough (manager) and I’ll remain registered with them,” Collins continued.
“But if there’s a time when Boston don’t have a midweek game and I can help then I’d be happy to do it.
“But I want to be back involved again.”
Collins has moved swiftly to strengthen his squad, bringing Tom Charlesworth, Danny Woods and Ricky Lovelace back to the fold.
Charlesworth and Woods are both midfielders who impressed in their previous spells at the DWB Stadium.
Goalkeeper Lovelace also previously played for the Poachers as a youngster and has recently been on the books of Stamford.
Meanwhile further players have agreed to remain with Town. Captain Michael Wood, top scorer Alex Beck, plus Simon Ashton, Craig Parker, Richard Ford, Jason Field and Fraser Bayliss and player-coach Lori Borbely have all committed again.