It’s a good job that Boro’ confirmed Nick Freeman’s signature in early June 2023; such was the delirium at our apparent lack of deals. Of course, we’re being a little facetious with that. But, with us securing promotion from League Two, we’d seen midfielders Jake Reeves and Alex Gilbey move on elsewhere. Other players were yet to pen new deals too, which left a sense of uneasiness in the minds of some supporters. The arrival of Freeman in the centre of the park, however, was the perfect antidote.
Freeman – a native of Stevenage – came to us after a long time at Wycombe Wanderers; a club at which he saw plenty of action at the higher end of League One and even in the Championship. That experience would have to be nothing less than valuable when it came to Boro’s own efforts in League One, no? “I was born and raised in the area, so it’s an exciting time for me,” the player explained on walking through the front door. “The club is going in the right direction and improving every year. This next step is a big one and I can’t wait to get started.”
Nick Freeman: Before Boro’
The start of Freeman’s career saw him stay local to his native Stevenage; beginning with a spell at Histon (well, local-ish), before moving onto Hemel Hempstead Town and Biggleswade Town. It was a successful trial for the Chairboys in 2016 that earned him a move into the Football League. First team football started to flow while he was at Adams Park, although there was an early loan spell at Wealdstone. Another loan spell would follow a few years later when he joined Leyton Orient for the second half of the 2020-1 campaign.