New signing John McCombe will play a crucial role off the pitch as well as on it for Boston United next season.

The experienced central defender has joined the Pilgrims on a one-year deal. McCombe turned down other clubs, plus the side he ended last season with, National League new boys Harrogate Town, to join United.

The 33-year-old said the chance to get involved with coaching and video analysis under manager Craig Elliott played a part in his decision.

“Craig’s asked me to get involved with the coaching of the defenders and some other stuff,” said McCombe, who runs his own football academy, which has bases in Wakefield, Rotherham and Gateshead.

“It will help with my career as I want to go into coaching when I finish playing. Hopefully this will be my first step on the ladder.

“I’ve got a lot of experience and feel like I know the game quite well. I’ve done a few of my coaching badges and I’m looking to do another one next summer.

“I’m into video analysis and I’ve done a sports science degree which I can use as well.”

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