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Gary Silk has high hopes for his return to Boston United

By Boston Target  |  Posted: August 15, 2012

ON THE MOVE: Gary Silk pictured playing for the Pilgrims in 2006

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GARY SILK had no qualms about becoming the latest former player to return to Boston United as he targeted a Blue Square Bet Premier homecoming.

The right-back was snapped up by Pilgrims boss Jason Lee after being released by Rob Scott and Paul Hurst's Grimsby Town during the summer.

And Silk, who is set to start when United begin their Blue Square Bet North campaign at Droylsden on Saturday, has high hopes for the season ahead.

"I've got no problem about coming down to this level," said Silk.

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"Obviously I would like to play as high as I can, but from what I've seen, we can be pushing for the play-offs.

"You've got to set your targets high, otherwise you never achieve anything. The early signs are good.

"It's good to be back. I'm looking forward to getting some games and having a successful season."

The 27-year-old is relishing the chance to work with old pal Lee.

The pair played together during Silk's first spell at the club in 2006.

"I've known Jason for a few years now. I've played with him at a couple of clubs," said the former Notts County defender.

"Back then I could see Jason as a manager one day. I know him personally, but now I'm getting to know him as a manager.

"All the lads seem to like him and respect him. It looks like he's going to do a good job."

Silk's first stint at the Jakemans Stadium coincided with the most successful, albeit turbulent, spells in the club's history as they held their own in League Two.

"It's six or seven years since I was here. There were a few young lads on loan at the time," he recalled.

"There was me, a lad from Portsmouth and a couple of lads from Birmingham as well. I remember staying with them in the town.

"Rossy (Ian Ross) was here, there was Austin McCann, Lawrie Dudfield and Jason (Lee) of course.

"I also remember Steve Evans shouting at me from the sidelines!

"But it was a time I enjoyed and I learned a lot from it."

Having worked with Evans and then Rob Scott at Grimsby, Silk can expect a little less ear-bashing from the more measured Lee.

The Isle of Wight-born full-back was the victim of Scott and Hurst's overhaul at the Mariners at the end of last season.

"I enjoyed working with them (Scott and Hurst)," he added. "A lot of people find Scotty hard work, but I thought they were quite fair and I enjoyed working with them.

"They released me at the end of last season, but these things happen in football."

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