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Last Updated: Wednesday, 6 July 2005, 06:25 GMT 07:25 UK
Evans tells Joachim to 'perform'
By Charlie Henderson

Boston boss Steve Evans has warned new high-profile signing Julian Joachim he will have to earn a first-team place.

"Julian has to perform at his best to be in the team," Evans told BBC Sport.

"We've got other decent strikers at this club and as well as Noel Whelan, Jason Lee and Daryl Clare will have a big say in who starts the season.

"The benefit that those four have is they have a manager who is known well within the dressing room and who picks on performance and not reputation."

The 30-year-old Joachim, who has Premiership experience and dropped down two divisions to join the Pilgrims, is the second former Leeds forward to move to York Street following Whelan's signing earlier in the summer.

And as well as Joachim and Whelan, Evans has signed Gavin Johnson, Ben Futcher, Lee Canonville and Stewart Talbot and says there may be more new arrivals.

But despite the number of new faces and the high-profile nature of the striking duo, the manager insists Boston are not following the example of Leeds in risking their long-term future by going on a short-term spending spree.

"It's well documented that we have one of the lowest budgets in the football league," Evans added.

To bring in quality we've sacrificed on quantity
Steve Evans

"People will question that when they see Julian arrive but if I had the budgets of eight or nine other clubs in this league I'm sure I'd be talking about automatic promotion.

"We can't do that with the money we have available to us and it's a case of sensible budgeting.

"We're operating nowhere near the 60% cap put into implementation by the football league.

"Financial stability has been at the forefront of the chairman's mind since he bought the club in 2004 and the priority is to ensure Boston survives and competes at League Two level.

"And a lot of credit must go to my director of football James Rodwell who has negotiated and took a tough stance and kept the stability of the football club at the forefront of his mind at all times as well.

"Julian's a good signing for us but we've worked hard to bring in that sort of quality and in doing so have sacrificed on quantity.

"If you look at the total size of our squad we're going to be nearer the 20 than the 25 or 26 that most clubs are going to run with."




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