5 Andrew Boyce
We had to sweat on former Doncaster Rovers defender Boycey as he played the field with Scunthorpe United, Mansfield Town and Chesterfield FC said to be interested. Whether it was the alleged £50,000 transfer fee or agent talk, we were pleased to see him put pen to paper on a new two year deal.
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The sticking point was the duration of the new deal. In a nutshell Lincoln wanted a two year deal so that the club can at least try to get a return on their investment. That outlay is perceived two-fold; in the forms of a £12,500 to Gainsborough, as well as the coaching staff believing they can improve a young but still raw player further. With Andrew 24 this November, a one year deal the player would have meant that he could walk for free.
And what a talent we would lose. Brave, strong, with a none-shall-pass attitude that provides a presence in either box. Boyce is the beast of the Bank personified but he has calmed since those Gainsborough days when he would not have got into a holy trinity as opposed to the footballing version. Andrew certainly grew alongside Nat Brown last season and will continue to improve under Simmo and Grant Brown’s guidance. He will certainly do well for a settled season, after the Holdsworth era and seeing Kings Lynn implode after his Doncaster rejection.
Handy Andy sometimes stood alone last season as our central midfield quartet were regularly routed only to see him nip countless opportunities for with a last ditch challenge. He also notched four goals and created two for others as his mellowing but still charming approach to collateral damage scattered the chickens in the opposing box.
STMI christened Boycie the Beast of The Bank when he arrived. But he is now more than that. Already a hero, his never say die attitude will blossom next term, indeed, give it another half season, or so,to round off those rough edges and Boyce may well be plying his trade in League 1 sooner rather than later.
|Date of Birth||05/11/1989 (age 23)|
|Youth career||Doncaster Rovers|
|Former Clubs||Kings Lynn Gainsborough|
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