Steve Spriggs can be Boston United's wonder winger
GRAHAM Drury says Steve Spriggs is a gamble worth taking after prising the free-scoring winger away from King's Lynn Town.
Spriggs completed his move to the Pilgrims earlier this week and is available to make his debut at home against Gloucester City on Saturday, weather permitting.
Drury is a long-term admirer of the 24-year-old, who has scored 18 goals for the Linnets from the flanks this season.
Those goals came two levels below Blue Square Bet North in the Evo-Stik League Division One (South), but the Boston manager sees no reason why the former Wroxham wideman cannot make the step up.
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"Some people might view it as a gamble because the lad has not played at this level before," said Drury, who saw Saturday's scheduled trip to Harrogate postponed due to a frozen pitch.
"But to get 18 goals at any standard from a wide area is very impressive. He also contributes with a lot of assists too.
"He's got a lot to learn, but we believe we can introduce different things to his game. If we can improve him he will be a good article for us.
"He can play on both flanks. He's quite exciting because when he picks the ball up he's very direct. He wants to beat the full-back or get shots off.
"If he can hit the ground running and continue his great form, he can be a great player for us.
"He's not come here for financial gain because King's Lynn pay well. He's coming here for the right reasons – to play for Boston United.
"Hopefully, with the opportunity to come to Boston, the kid will want to grab the opportunity.
"And by the summer there might be a deal for next season for him."
In a busy week, Drury has also signed up defender Paul Mayo as cover for regular left-back Gareth Jelleyman.
The Pilgrims club captain is struggling with an Achilles problem at present and may have to sit out some games during the final third of the season.
In Mayo, who played under Drury at Corby Town, United have recruited a player with ample experience.
The 31-year-old spent the bulk of his career with hometown club Lincoln City, who he represented in the League Two play-offs.
Either side of his two stints at Sincil Bank, he played for Watford in the Championship.
Mayo has also played for Notts County, Mansfield Town and in Blue Square Bet North for Gainsborough Trinity and Corby Town.
However, as a policemen, Mayo will only be available for selected games.