Scott Duxbury can become the pick of Boston United's talented left backs - Elliott

Defender tipped for influential season...

Scott Duxbury. Photo: Oliver Atkin

Boston United have enjoyed a succession of talented left backs at the club under manager Craig Elliott, but the Pilgrims boss believes Scott Duxbury can be the pick of the bunch.

In what can be a notoriously difficult position to fill for some clubs, the Pilgrims have seen high-profile signings such as Jordan Gough and Josh Askew struggle for game time due to the calibre of competition.

Stephen Brogan, Ashley Jackson and Alex Whittle - now pushing for promotion in the National League with Chesterfield - have also performed well for Elliott on the left side of defence.

"We've had some good ones, it was the same going back to my Shaw Lane days," Elliott said.

"I had a lot of good left backs. Maybe it's because I'm a left footer myself, I spot it, I don't know.

"We've had some good ones over the years and when we lost Alex Whittle last year I knew he would be a difficult one to replace.

"But I'm really happy to have somebody as good as Scott. He did really well for us last year and, after a good pre-season, I expect him to be even better."

Former Stockport County, AFC Fylde and Chorley defender Duxbury joined United late in pre-season last summer, catching the eye as he played in all but three of the club's fixtures.

Now Elliott believes that, after climatising to life at the Jakemans Community Stadium, he will have even more to offer the side next term.

"To start with, I'm really happy Scott's staying with us," Elliott added.

"I worked a long time on him to get him to Boston. He's a good player and he's got that experience of winning this league.

"He lives Manchester way and we had to take that into consideration, but he absolutely loved his time here and he's another one that wants to finish what he started.

"I think he's got that experience of playing for a big club. There was a lot of expectation at Stockport and I think that season he was without doubt the best in the league.

"I didn't see many players better than him at left back last season and I expect him to be fitter and better this year."

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