Boston United look to Kern Miller in bid to build their defence
Former Lincoln City defender Kern Miller has been given the chance to re-ignite his career with Boston United after being handed a trial by the Pilgrims.
The 20-year-old impressed during his first half appearance in the 6-0 victory at Sleaford Town on Tuesday and is set to be given another chance when Boston visit Rainworth Miners Welfare on Saturday.
The Pilgrims are in the market for a central defender and the addition of Miller would represent a real coup for Jason Lee's side.
After rising through the Lincoln youth ranks, the 20-year-old made one first-team appearance for the Imps before sealing a move to Barnsley.
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His Oakwell career failed to take off and he was farmed out on loan to Accrington Stanley and then Hereford before joining the latter on a permanent deal.
Miller left the Bulls last season and joined Gainsborough Trinity and then Worksop on loan, but is now looking for a new club.
"He's looked solid, he's trained well and he's an option," said Pilgrims assistant manager Graham Hyde.
"He's done himself the power of good. But it's all about impressing the manager in games and in training.
"We'll be looking to make decisions soon and get the squad down to 17 to 18 players."
Miller was joined by a clutch of other trialists, including former Lincoln United, Lincoln Moorlands and Imps midfielder Liam Bull and ex-Rainworth man Jason Stokes.
"They all did well," added Hyde, who joined United's backroom team after Lee was appointed outright manager at the end of last season.
"They've been with us from day one and they're trying to stake a claim for a place in the final squad.
"They've got to impress the manager and they're giving it a real good go."
Boston are looking to sign three or four more players in all positions ahead of their Blue Square Bet North opener at Droylsden on August 18.
"We're looking to bring in three or four more players, we're looking at the trialists, who to keep and who to let go," added Hyde.
"In the next ten days, they'll be quite a few decisions made.
"We're talking to a few people and things are ongoing.
"It's never easy. Players have got options and they're making their minds up.
"But when the season draws closer, you tend to get a decision made. Hopefully, before the 18th, we can get the players in that we want."
Hyde was satisfied with Boston's workout against Sleaford, which featured a brace each for Spencer Weir-Daley and Marc Newsham, a fine Kallum Smith strike and an own goal.
"There were lots of positives when we had the ball, but there are also things to work on when we're not in possession," added Hyde.
Following Saturday's visit to Rainworth, the Pilgrims visit Lincoln United for a Lincolnshire Senior Shield tie on Tuesday, July 24 (7.45pm).