Stags & Iron Interest Stalling Boyce Signature.
Mansfield Town and Scunthorpe United look set to duel for the services of Andrew Boyce next season, which is a win-win for the Imps whether he stays or goes. Peter Swann has already signed off two switches for recent employees Hawkridge and Waterfall, a classy centre-back who partnered Boyce in Gainsborough’s BSN play-off campaign. Paul Musselwhite is also back at the Iron in a coaching role – remember his STMI Biopic here
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Although Boyce is well though of at Lincoln, his transfer fee will come in handy and far exceed what the Imps get for Oliver, who subject to a medical and a small quibble over the fee, should join Crewe today or tomorrow. Boyce has cost the Imps £12,00 so far and improved immensely as a player. As he is under 24 and in receipt of a contract offer the Imps must be looking at over £25,000 plus add-ons, even if a tribunal is required.
The Imps manager must be in two minds. With Big Keith’s “You can never have too many centre-halves” still ringing in his ears, he has just two signed for the coming season, namely newly signed Brown and Miller (a big big mate). On the one hand Boycie would be one of the first names on the team sheet, should Miller talk him round, on the other this and Oliver’s fees will increase his already enhanced budget by another 10%.
There is no doubt that Boyce will play higher in the next couple of years, but Simmo can smooth off those round edges and make him the League 1 or Championship player, that is still emerging. Yes he can undoubtedly do a job at the Stags or Scunthorpe and get a bag of sand, as it is called in the game, a week. But Boyce in the right hands, Simmo now and then, dare we say a Crewe, would better blossom and reap an even bigger harvest for himself and an agent who has hawked him absolutely everywhere so far this summer.