Craig Elliott has revealed he attempted to bring Lewis Gibbens to Boston United during pre-season.

However, better lat than never, the Mansfield Town defender has now linked up with the Pilgrims on a three-month loan deal – and will be looking to make his first start of the campaign with the club on Saturday.

“I wanted him in pre-season, to be honest,” Elliott said of the teenage defender, who played nine times for Boston last season.

“But he was involved with the first team, he’s been on the bench and started a couple of games.”

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