I don't want to kill careers! Elliott refuses to string players along at Boston United

Craig Elliott let Kabongo Tshimanga leave Boston United because he didn't want to '˜kill' the striker's career.

Kabongo Tshimanga.

Because last season’s 15-goal forward was under 23, the Pilgrims had the right to retain his services this campaign.

But Elliott told The Standard that he wanted to move his squad in a different direction, and felt it wouold be unfair to string Tshimanga along.

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“This is the thing, supporters see it as ‘Craig’s released whoever it is’,” he explained.

“But players come to you and say ‘am I going to be part of your plans?’ We had a conversation and I could never give anybody guarantees.

“He wanted guarantees he’d be my number nine this year and I just couldn’t do that.

“With the players I’ve signed it would be hard to do that to the lad. We all know he’s a talent and he’ll go on to do well.”

Focus has changed at the Jakemans Stadium this campaign, with Elliott opting to work with a smaller squad, but with the emphasis on everyone being in contention for a starting berth.

“I do want this year, if I’m signing somebody, that they’re going to be part of it, they’re going to be trusted,” he added.

“That’s what I need to do. I don’t want to kill people’s careers.

“I’m going for quality over quantity and it’s important that everybody here is a big part of my plans.”