York City boss sets a challenge for injury-hit striker

Striker Ryan Jarvis is being challenged to recapture the stunning form that saw him lead the York City scoring charts early last season

Striker Ryan Jarvis is being challenged to recapture the stunning form that saw him lead the York City scoring charts early last season

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RYAN Jarvis still has a big role to play at York City if he returns to Bootham Crescent in the same shape he started last season.

The 27-year-old forward only started one match for the Minstermen following the 1-0 home win over Northampton on New Year's Day, which also represented the last time he made the scoresheet in 2013/14.

Following the medial ligament injury that saw top scorer Wes Fletcher sidelined from mid-March, Michael Coulson, Ryan Bowman and Calvin Andrew were all selected ahead of Jarvis during the run-in to the end of the campaign despite the latter being available for all but one squad from the end of February onwards.

City boss Nigel Worthington, however, felt Jarvis did not fully recover from the knee, hamstring and ankle injuries that caused him to miss three weeks of training and game time at the turn of the year.

He is now hoping the ex-Norwich and Torquay striker can recapture the form he displayed on his arrival in North Yorkshire last summer.

Back then, Jarvis was the only City player to score in the first seven matches of the campaign and netted six times in his first 11 outings for the club by early October.

He could only add three more to that tally, though, with his involvement in the Sky Bet League Two play-off, semi-final against Fleetwood limited to a 69th-minute outing during the second leg at Highbury.

In a dozen seasons as a professional, Jarvis has only managed more than 30 league starts in a single campaign once - for Leyton Orient in 2009/10 - but Worthington wants him to return for training at the end of June in top condition.

The Minstemen chief said: "After the good start Jarv had, the three injuries he picked up seemed to effect him physically. He did not fall out of favour as such but he always seemed to be playing catch-up during the second half of the season.

"Hopefully, he can stay fit from now on and prove he can start the next season like he did the last one with a good pre-season behind him."

Like Jarvis, 20-year-old midfielder Tom Platt still has another year left to run on his contract at Bootham Crescent, having played a minor role at the club since the turn of the year.

Despite kicking off the first seven games of the campaign, Platt made his last start on January 4 at home to Dagenham and only managed another five substitute outings, amounting to seven minutes of football, during the remainder of the campaign.

Worthington, though, also believes the former youth-team skipper possesses the character to still be a success with the Minstermen.

"Young Tom found it tough going this season," Worthington confessed. "He had a spell in the team at the start of the season but he still has the right temperament.

"Hopefully, next season, he will bounce forward again because, with the work he puts in and his attitude, he is capable of doing that."

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12:09pm Wed 4 Jun 14

dadster says...

Jarvis is a useful squad member for us but if all the strikers are fit (assuming Hyde does sign for us) then he will be 3rd/4th choice IMO as Fletcher and Hyde will be the first choice pairing to begin with.

With regards Platt, I've said this before but he doesn't fit into a 442 formation IMO so unless NW changes his tactics (which I doubt) then I see no future for Platt sadly. I really hope I'm wrong but I can see him having to fall down the football pyramid to kick-start his career before hopefully moving back up again. Perhaps a stint on loan next season in the conference is what he needs because I don't see him getting much first team action at City and therefore being released when his contract expires. Would be a great shame but that's the way I see it currently.
Jarvis is a useful squad member for us but if all the strikers are fit (assuming Hyde does sign for us) then he will be 3rd/4th choice IMO as Fletcher and Hyde will be the first choice pairing to begin with. With regards Platt, I've said this before but he doesn't fit into a 442 formation IMO so unless NW changes his tactics (which I doubt) then I see no future for Platt sadly. I really hope I'm wrong but I can see him having to fall down the football pyramid to kick-start his career before hopefully moving back up again. Perhaps a stint on loan next season in the conference is what he needs because I don't see him getting much first team action at City and therefore being released when his contract expires. Would be a great shame but that's the way I see it currently. dadster
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12:44pm Wed 4 Jun 14

bill bailey says...

NW is a past master at PR. My father always said feed um what the bull does
and make feel wanted , it works wonders.
I also think dadsters post has summed up the Platt situation. pity I realy do think he has got what it takes and would come if we could afford to play him in a team that could carry him for say ten games it would build up his confidence and then he would be a useful player that I am certain, I wouldn't like to see his discarded yet .
NW is a past master at PR. My father always said feed um what the bull does and make feel wanted , it works wonders. I also think dadsters post has summed up the Platt situation. pity I realy do think he has got what it takes and would come if we could afford to play him in a team that could carry him for say ten games it would build up his confidence and then he would be a useful player that I am certain, I wouldn't like to see his discarded yet . bill bailey
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1:51pm Wed 4 Jun 14

The Legend Of Keith says...

"The 27-year-old forward only started one match for the Minstermen following the 1-0 home win over Northampton on New Year's Day, which also represented the last time he made the scoresheet in 2013/14."

Editorial anyone...?
"The 27-year-old forward only started one match for the Minstermen following the 1-0 home win over Northampton on New Year's Day, which also represented the last time he made the scoresheet in 2013/14." Editorial anyone...? The Legend Of Keith
  • Score: 0

2:15pm Wed 4 Jun 14

OLD - HEAD says...

I always prefer to see Jarvis playing up front as a central striker. But in too many of his games last season we saw him pushed out wide onto the wing. He didnt really do much out there, and as a result he dropped behind Ryan Bowman in the pecking order. Ryan Jarvis can still do a good job for York City, if he is played in his best position. Nobody likes to critisize a local lad, but Tom Platt didnt really do enough to warrant selection last season. When he was out on loan at HarrogateTown he looked to be a very useful mid-fielder, chipping in with a few vital goals. But now he is back at York City, he still has to convince many people. This coming campaign could be a make or break season for young Tom.
I always prefer to see Jarvis playing up front as a central striker. But in too many of his games last season we saw him pushed out wide onto the wing. He didnt really do much out there, and as a result he dropped behind Ryan Bowman in the pecking order. Ryan Jarvis can still do a good job for York City, if he is played in his best position. Nobody likes to critisize a local lad, but Tom Platt didnt really do enough to warrant selection last season. When he was out on loan at HarrogateTown he looked to be a very useful mid-fielder, chipping in with a few vital goals. But now he is back at York City, he still has to convince many people. This coming campaign could be a make or break season for young Tom. OLD - HEAD
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2:24pm Wed 4 Jun 14

T.R.M1974 says...

Jarvis technically is a very good player at this level it's just a shame he's had so many disruptions. Platty for me plays a game similar to Penn's but is nowhere near as aggressive so it just looks as though he's coasting through game's and is nowhere near as effective. But the lad is only young he just has to want it more in games
Jarvis technically is a very good player at this level it's just a shame he's had so many disruptions. Platty for me plays a game similar to Penn's but is nowhere near as aggressive so it just looks as though he's coasting through game's and is nowhere near as effective. But the lad is only young he just has to want it more in games T.R.M1974
  • Score: 1

3:47pm Wed 4 Jun 14

pip007 says...

Crawley Town have signed Lanre Oyebanjo on a 2 year deal.
Crawley Town have signed Lanre Oyebanjo on a 2 year deal. pip007
  • Score: -3

4:05pm Wed 4 Jun 14

T.R.M1974 says...

pip007 wrote:
Crawley Town have signed Lanre Oyebanjo on a 2 year deal.
Gutted, all the best Banjo, but Crawley?
[quote][p][bold]pip007[/bold] wrote: Crawley Town have signed Lanre Oyebanjo on a 2 year deal.[/p][/quote]Gutted, all the best Banjo, but Crawley? T.R.M1974
  • Score: 0

5:47pm Wed 4 Jun 14

North Lincs Minsterman says...

The Legend Of Keith wrote:
"The 27-year-old forward only started one match for the Minstermen following the 1-0 home win over Northampton on New Year's Day, which also represented the last time he made the scoresheet in 2013/14."

Editorial anyone...?
"...................
. the 1-0 home win over Morecambe on New Year's Day ........."
[quote][p][bold]The Legend Of Keith[/bold] wrote: "The 27-year-old forward only started one match for the Minstermen following the 1-0 home win over Northampton on New Year's Day, which also represented the last time he made the scoresheet in 2013/14." Editorial anyone...?[/p][/quote]"................... . the 1-0 home win over Morecambe on New Year's Day ........." North Lincs Minsterman
  • Score: 0

6:11pm Wed 4 Jun 14

ADAMCUTHBERT says...

North Lincs Minsterman wrote:
The Legend Of Keith wrote: "The 27-year-old forward only started one match for the Minstermen following the 1-0 home win over Northampton on New Year's Day, which also represented the last time he made the scoresheet in 2013/14." Editorial anyone...?
"................... . the 1-0 home win over Morecambe on New Year's Day ........."
Northampton was the season curtain raiser!
[quote][p][bold]North Lincs Minsterman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Legend Of Keith[/bold] wrote: "The 27-year-old forward only started one match for the Minstermen following the 1-0 home win over Northampton on New Year's Day, which also represented the last time he made the scoresheet in 2013/14." Editorial anyone...?[/p][/quote]"................... . the 1-0 home win over Morecambe on New Year's Day ........."[/p][/quote]Northampton was the season curtain raiser! ADAMCUTHBERT
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