Move for Paul Mayo could pay off for handsomely for Boston United
Graham Drury says latest signing Paul Mayo could have a vital role to play at Boston United despite only being drafted in as cover.
The former Lincoln City defender has penned a match-by-match deal with the Pilgrims. He is also registered with Drury's former club Stamford.
Mayo has been signed as cover for club skipper and first-choice left-back Gareth Jelleyman, who is being troubled by an ankle injury.
Mayo's appearances will be restricted as he is a policeman, but after seeing their last two scheduled games, at Harrogate and Altrincham postponed, February could be a busy month for the Pilgrims.
"Jells (Jelleyman) has tendonitis in his ankle and will struggle if we have to play Saturday-Tuesday," explained Drury, who managed Mayo at Corby Town.
"I've brought Paul in as cover and he's really helped me out. He can't play every match as he's in the police, but he will be available for most of February when we could have a lot of midweek games.
"He could also help us out on the left side of midfield. He can play in a few positions.
"He got dual registration with Stamford, so if he's available, but not involved with us, he can play for them.
"It's a situation which suits all parties. He may not pull a shirt on for Boston, but he could also end up playing quite a few games."
Mayo is available for Saturday's scheduled home clash with Gloucester City.
Mayo's signing continued a busy week for Drury, who has snapped up winger Steve Spriggs from King's Lynn Town.
Winger Spriggs has netted 18 goals for the Linnets in the Evo-Stik Division One (South) this season.
Drury says he has signed a player enjoying a rich vein of form.
"It's always good to sign a player who is in form and full confidence – and Steve is certainly that," added Drury.
"If he can carry that form on with us, we will have a very good player on our hands."
After completing the signing of Spriggs, Drury revealed he has other seven-day approaches lodged as he continues to overhaul his squad.
Weather permitting, Drury is looking forward to locking horns with Gloucester boss David Mehew, who is affectionately known as 'Boris' due to his resemblance to German tennis legend Boris Becker.
"I know Boris well," said Drury. "His teams are always strong and organised.
"I know a lot about Gloucester as, when I was at Corby, we came through the Southern League together.
"He's not changed a lot of players, he's given them a chance at this level.
"His teams are usually difficult to break down."
With an improved forecast for the weekend, United are hopeful the game will go ahead.