Gary Silk departs as Boston United boss continues squad cuts
Boston United manager Graham Drury has started trimming his squad after revealing he must balance the books following his shopping spree.
After recruiting eight players since arriving from Stamford, Drury says his squad is “top heavy” and he must now move players on.
Experienced defender Gary Silk and winger Kallum Smith have left the club while young midfielder James Reed has joined Boston Town on a month’s loan.
Silk’s exit is the biggest surprise. But the former Notts County man is not available to train on Thursdays due to university commitments, which forced Drury’s hand.
“Gary is a top professional but he cannot train on Thursday evenings due to his university commitments – and I need all my players available for training on Thursday nights,” said Drury.
“That is the crucial time of the week when we work on team shape and set-pieces.
“I have nothing but respect for Gary and what he has done for the club since I have been here.”
Smith has been released by mutual consent and has signed permanently for Grantham Town, where he has impressed on loan.
“We’ve got to balance the books,” added Drury.
“At the moment we’re a little bit top heavy. I’ve brought a lot in without releasing too many.
“I totally understand what the chairman will be saying to me and what we’ve got to do.”
Drury admits releasing players is a tough job, but insists he must be ruthless in order to move the club forward.
“The fans will have to understand that there are a couple of reasons why we’re doing it,” added Drury.
“It’s something we’ve got to do. It’s part of the job, but it’s not nice, nobody wants to let players go.
“As managers we’d all like to have squads like Gainsborough’s, with 21 or 22, or whatever it is.
“We can’t do that, we’ve got to run with a squad within its budget and I totally understand and respect that.”
While the Boston careers of Silk and Smith are over, Drury still sees a bright future for Reed at the club.
The 18-year-old broke into the first team at the end of last season after graduating from the club’s productive youth set-up.
But with Ben Milnes, Ian Ross and Anton Foster ahead of Reed in the midfield pecking order, Drury says the youngster needs competitive games.
“This move is only for a month for James to get some games,” said Drury.
“I believe he has a big future at Boston United.
“I can see him pushing for a first-team place when he gets back.”