Boston United winger Jordan Smith wants repay faith of manager Graham Drury
Jordan Smith is desperate to repay the faith shown in him by Boston United manager Graham Drury.
Drury plucked the winger from the East Midlands Counties League – where he scored an impressive 67 goals for Thurnby Nirvana – during his time in charge of Corby Town.
Smith also played under the Pilgrims boss at Stamford before going on to join Ilkeston FC.
The pair were reunited when Smith became the first signing of Drury's reign last month.
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It has been rapid rise up the divisions for the 24-year-old, but he is determined to prove himself at Blue Square Bet North level.
"The last two or three years have been a whirlwind for me," admitted Smith.
"Graham spotted me playing in the East Midlands Counties League and I had a season at Corby.
"He's given me chance at this level. I really respect that so I'm going to try my hardest while I'm here."
Smith, more accustomed to playing as a central striker, has been deployed on the wing by the Boston boss.
But it is a challenge the former King's Lynn forward is happy to take on.
"I like playing as a striker, but I don't mind playing on the wing, it's a new challenge," added Smith.
"Graham gives me the chance to express myself which is what I like. As long as I'm on the pitch I'll give 100 per cent.
"My work-rate is one of the my biggest things. I like to work hard for the gaffer and the team.
"I don't like losing. With the right work ethic, we can go far as a team.
"If we work hard and are hard to beat, we can be a force to be reckoned with."
The Pilgrims host Colwyn Bay in Blue Square Bet North tomorrow. Follow the match on Twitter with @MarkWhiley_LE.