YORK City manager Nigel Worthington has revealed he will hold talks with Michael Coulson about his Bootham Crescent future at the end of the season.
In-form Coulson scored the only goal during Saturday’s 1-0 victory at Portsmouth and has been a key figure during the Minstermen’s amazing transformation from relegation candidates to play-off contenders during the second half of the campaign.
Earlier in the season, the out-of-contract former Barnsley and Grimsby attacker was even overlooked for substitute duty during 14 consecutive games but his chances of landing a new deal in the summer now look a lot healthier.
Following Coulson’s matchwinning display at Fratton Park, Worthington said: “He found the first half of the season tough going and he probably looks at me as the reason for that and I look at him. In truth, it was probably 50-50 but he got his head down, worked hard and is getting his just rewards.
“He’s out of contract but I don’t want any distractions for him.
“We will get through what we are doing at the moment, then sit down and discuss a way forward with him.”
Worthington has demanded his team become more ruthless, with Ryan Bowman guilty of his second open-goal gaffe in as many weeks at Portsmouth, following a six-yard howler at Wimbledon a fortnight ago.
“Whether it’s Ryan Bowman or whoever else, I am getting to a stage with that where you have to say it’s not good enough,” Worthington insisted. “We have missed three chances like that during the last month to put games out of sight and I can’t accept it.
“It’s a lack of concentration and not watching the ball all the way to make sure it ends up in the back of the net. That’s not having a go at any individual but it’s something that has to be cut out by the whole team.”