Jordan Smith can replace departed Mark Jones, says Boston United boss
Jordan Smith can fill the void left by Mark Jones' departure from Boston United, according to manager Graham Drury.
Rather than hunt for an immediate replacement for the prolific striker, who has joined Gainsborough Trinity, Drury feels Smith can step up to the plate.
Drury has deployed Smith on the wing since making him his first Boston signing last month. However, the 24-year-old is more accustomed to playing as a central striker.
"We've got Weir-Daley and Newsham, and we've got Jordan Smith, who isn't really a wide man," said Drury, who managed Smith at Corby and Stamford.
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"He can play in that role, but he is more of an out and out forward.
"Hopefully he can come to the party and show us all what he is about."
Drury admits Smith is lacking match sharpness after a shortage of games at previous club Ilkeston.
"He was fine at Stamford. I know that is a couple of leagues below, but he was flying there and got a move to Ilkeston," said Drury.
"He was unfortunate not to get a run in the team there because he was cup-tied for the FA Trophy and FA Cup.
"That didn't allow him to play for the first month.
"And as Ilkeston were doing well and the forwards were scoring, Jordan found himself out the team.
"He perhaps only played one 90-minute game at Ilkeston in six weeks.
"So he's not as sharp as he was, but he's working hard in training and he's trying to get that fitness back. And when he gets that, he's a good player.
"I can tell the fans if Jordan does hit the ground running, he is a good forward and hopefully he can prove that.
"If he concentrates on his football and delivers the goods, we might have a replacement (for Jones) already here."