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Spencer Weir-Daley: Staying with Boston United was an easy choice

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: May 25, 2012

Spencer Weir-Daly

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Spencer Weir-Daley insists he had no hesitation in re-signing for Boston United.

Weir-Daley is one of the host of players to have already committed to the Pilgrims for next season.

Fellow striker and last season's top scorer, Marc Newsham, and key midfielder Ian Ross are also among those staying put.

But the retention of Weir-Daley is a major boost to Boston, who lost the player 12 months as he chased a move to the Blue Square Bet Premier.

The 26-year-old eventually clinched a move to Telford, but a nightmare spell at the New Bucks Head saw him return to the Jakemans Stadium in January.

After being overwhelmed by the support of the fans and manager Jason Lee, Weir-Daley has penned a new deal.

"I think it was quite an easy decision really," said the former Lincoln City striker.

"There were two main reasons which made me want to stay.

"The support of the fans has been incredible. I know some were disappointed when I left, but when I came back they were chanting my name. That meant a lot to me.

"And I'm really pleased to see that the gaffer (Jason Lee) is staying. Even when I left the club, we kept in touch.

"The fact he wanted me back meant a lot too.

"I had other options at the time. I could have gone somewhere else and earned more money, but would I have been happy? That's the most important thing.

"And we've kept most of the squad together from last season, which is very encouraging."

However, Weir-Daley does not regret leaving United a year ago. Instead, he reflects on his time away as a character-building experience.

"I can't go into it too much, but there were a few issues surrounding my deal with Telford when I first went there," explained Weir-Daley.

"It meant I didn't have a proper pre-season behind me and I was playing catch-up.

"It was a bit of a nightmare to be honest, but I learnt a lot from it and a lot about how the game works."

Weir-Daley has impressed since returning to the club and scored some key goals as the Pilgrims flirted, albeit briefly, with the play-offs.

However, the ex-Nottingham Forest youngster believes, with a full pre-season behind him, he will pose an even greater threat to Blue Square Bet North defences next season.

"I'm my own worst critic. I always think I can do better," he admitted.

"As I said, I didn't have a full pre-season behind me and I think it may have caught up with me towards the end of the season."

A long season also seemed to catch up with Weir-Daley's Boston team-mates.

After a brief rally in March, the Pilgrims limped to the finish with seven defeats in nine games as they ended the campaign 11th, just five points above the relegation zone.

But under the stewardship of Lee, who has been installed as outright manager, Weir-Daley is optimistic ahead of next season.

"I know Jason was very disappointed how we finished the season," said Weir-Daley.

"It's difficult towards the end of the season when there isn't much to play for.

"You want to win and you're trying your hardest, but there's a bit of edge missing to your game.

"Maybe if we were still in the hunt for the play-offs, it would have been different.

"But the aim is to do a lot better next season and I don't see why we can't."

With most of last season's squad having signed up for next term, attention is now shifting to new signings.

Lee has already recruited keeper Dan Haystead, with an experienced centre-back thought to be high on the manager's wish list.

Despite having Newsham and Weir-Daley signed up, Lee is also chasing another striker and is set for talks with freed Gainsborough Trinity forward Leon Mettam.

The Pilgrims' pre-season programme is taking shape.

The Pilgrims will travel to Rainworth Miners Welfare (July 21), Lincoln United (July 24) and Stamford (July 31).

United have confirmed one home friendly so far, the visit of Blue Square Bet Premier side Mansfield on July 28.

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