How Doncaster Rovers allowed Andrew Boyce to slip through the net, shows how far they and former club Gainsborough Trinity have progressed, whilst the Mighty Imps have stagnated and until very recently almost fallen for good. But our demise and Trinity’s rise look set to see a reverse after Peter Swann emerged as a contender to take over at Scunthorpe United, whilst Saviour Simmo the Sincil Enticer has taken on the challenge of rebuilding Impdom, East Midlands Football’s sleeping giant.
|Date of Birth||05/11/1989 (age 23)|
|Youth career||Doncaster Rovers|
|Former Clubs||Kings Lynn Gainsborough|
On a positive note, Boyce, technically under contract, is keen to stay at City, despite interest from an unknown club. Worse case, Andrew, who cost us £10k, cannot leave for free as we have a further year option, plus he is under 24, thus merely offering a deal will ensure we get a fee. That said tribunals tend to lean towards a low up-front down-payment with the earn out largely coming from add-ons, that are very much performance related. This may not help Simmo, with a budget on a par with Holdsworth’s last year, although Bob is one to sanction an increase or two, along the way. It will certainly mean that he cannot offer the lad much more money.
Then again Boyce has had to battle to stay in football and will be mindful of Simpson’s track record in developing players who have gone on to play in the Championship. A hundred quid a week is neither here or there when the right move could net a five figure signing on bonus plus a few thousand a week. An ex-winger admitted on an illuminating train journey that he was now on five figures a week plus some other goodies into the bargain. Having already curbed Boyce’s penchant for elbows, next season under Simmo should certainly see him kick-on in the right way.
A smashing lad, again in the right context, Boycey is a boss in either Box, still a bit raw, but he stepped up brilliantly from the BSN last term. There is the early promise of a McAuley or McCombe in the lad, who put in a backs to the wall performance in every one of his 45 games last season. His 10 yellows show he is a ‘roll up your sleeves’ battler, but he is an immense presence for a young side who need leaders and men, to back up a midfield that were like rabbits between the headlights of on-rushing cars last season. But then he has some scars, earned at a young age. A Doncaster Rovers youth, he saw loans at Worksop and Mansfield Town, before leaving Donny by mutual consent. Andrew then witnessed his club go bust, when Kings Lynn went out of business in December 2009.
Boyce certainly put in more minutes for the cause than anyone else last season, notching up 3,999 minutes in the BSP & FA Cup. His four goals and two assists, saw him get forward for the set-pieces that were so vital to us last year. He would then put life and limb on the line to protect our goal from wave upon wave of counters that so often threatened to tear us apart. There were so many last ditch tackles and so many vital aerial duels won, it would take all day to recount.
Keeping Boyce and Miller will be massive for the Imps. The omens are good and, if it is any help STMI beg Boycey, the lad we christened the new beast of the Bank, to stay and see out the vital mission next season. Give us and Simmo a season. The worst that could happen is that a League 1 side come in during the winter window as your skills are honed and your reputation grows.
Please stay Andrew your are The Sincil Bank Rock!