Sports: Boston United unveil third signing of the summer

Sports: Boston United unveil third signing of the summer

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Boston United’s busy start to the summer has continued following the arrival of midfielder Tom Platt from Alfreton Town.

The 25-year-old began his career at hometown club York City and went on to play for Harrogate Town, whom he helped reach the National League North play-offs in 2015/16.

Manager Craig Elliott says Platt’s experience and versatility will be an asset next season as he strives to turn the Pilgrims into genuine promotion contenders.

“Tom is another experienced player who has played in this league for five seasons,” said Elliott.

“He can play a couple of roles in midfield and he knows what Boston United is all about from playing against us for other clubs. He is hungry to be successful.”

 

Platt’s arrival follows that of forward Jordan Thewlis and defender Luke Shiels.

The highly-rated Thewlis, whose brief loan spell with the Pilgrims last season was cut short by injury, arrives from Harrogate.

The 26-year-old began his career at Scunthorpe United and has also played for Gainsborough Trinity.

“We are delighted that Jordan has chosen to join us after leaving Harrogate,” said Elliott.

“I was really looking forward to working with him until injury cruelly cut short his debut and loan spell, but he was flying for Harrogate towards the end of the season and he should be a great addition after dropping down a league.”

 

Shiels became the Pilgrims’ first signing of the summer last week. The 29-year-old arrived from Alfreton following two seasons at the Impact Arena.

Elliott says Shiels will be a key man in both boxes.

“He is the leader we have been after for a while,” said Elliott.

“Luke is strong and aggressive and attacks the ball in both boxes.

“He has vast experience at this level and I am very much looking forward to working with him.”

 

Meanwhile, Brad Abbott, Ashley Jackson, Ben Middleton, Jay Rollins, Andi Thanoj, Nicky Walker and George Willis have all committed to the club for next season.

Experienced pair Ryan Cresswell and Ben Davies have been invited back for pre-season, while Ryan Qualter and Gavin Allott have turned down new deals.

Three players who ended the season on loan with Boston have been let go by their parent clubs.

Cameron Hawkes and Tom Clare have been released by Bradford City, while George Smith has been let go by Chesterfield.



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