Gainsborough Trinity have pulled off an audacious signing from their cross-county rivals Boston United, securing the services of ex-Pilgrims defender Tom Ward.
A tall, elegant centre half, Ward made 37 appearances for Boston last season having broken into the first team in 2011 following a spell with Sleaford Town.
Ward had been offered the chance to return to York Street for the 2013/14 season, but after discussions with Trinity manager Steve Housham over the weekend, the 22-year-old opted to sign for the Blues instead.
Speaking at the club’s first pre-season training session on Tuesday, Ward said that the time was right to make the move to the Northolme.
“I felt that I needed a new challenge,” Ward said.
“I loved my time at Boston United, but I’m very happy to be at Gainsborough and help the club push up the league.”
As with many of the club’s other signings, Ward admitted that manager Steve Housham’s powers of persuasion were a big factor in his decision to join the club.
“I had spoken to Steve on the phone a couple of times and was very impressed with what he said and his vision for the club.”
“It was clear that he really wanted me to play for him and I’m looking forward to the opportunity.”
“There’s a really good community spirit at the club, and the fans get behind the players which was a big draw for me coming here as well.”
Despite the reduced wage bill that the club is working with for 2013/14, Ward believes that there is enough quality in the team to have a successful season.
“You only have to look at the players we have in the dressing room already, there’s a lot to be optimistic about.”
“I think we’re all confident that the club can have success this year.”