York City chiefs cast transfer net far and wide

York Press: Assistant manager Steve Torpey, right, joins chairman Jason McGill in welcoming new signing Marvin McCoy to York City Assistant manager Steve Torpey, right, joins chairman Jason McGill in welcoming new signing Marvin McCoy to York City

THE work to bring new players to York City started as early as last Christmas, assistant manager Steve Torpey has revealed.

As Marvin McCoy became the latest recruit at Bootham Crescent this summer, joining Femi Ilesanmi and Jake Hyde, Torpey gave an insight into the processes used by manager Nigel Worthington and chairman Jason McGill to entice players to the League Two outfit.

"We identify players who are out of contract at York City and there is always the possibility that they will move on," he said. "The process starts at Christmas time when you start looking to identify players.

"You look at age, experience and budget comes into it. They are the ingredients you need to target potential players for York City. When you play against players, if they make a mark and do well against you, you do take note.

"You watch them throughout the season and if they produce the goods week in and week out - on a consistent basis - then you think of them as potential signings.

"Other clubs see that as well so there is a lot that comes into the mix but you do start identifying sooner rather than later, especially in those areas where players are going to be out-of-contract.

"It all becomes a little bit clearer when players make their decisions. Ultimately, they have got to be happy to come to York. We try and sell the club to them and the football side of it - the new stadium - and the way York as a city is on the up.

"A lot of it sells itself."

Torpey believes the personal touch, with McGill meeting new recruits at the rail station and personally showing them round York and the facilities at the football club and training ground, has had a big effect on persuading potential recruits to put pen to paper.

He added: "The chairman has been very good. He has met players from the station and we've taken them on a tour of the city centre. We take them up to the training ground and most of them are impressed with it, and rightly so.

"That personal touch, and for the chairman to take time out of his busy schedule and meet these players, just shows the importance of what we are trying to achieve.

"I think the players respect it as well. I don't know if they have come across that before. I didn't as a player. I met the manager, the assistant manager, or sometimes the physio, but never the chairman."

Torpey, who was appointed Worthington's assistant following the departure of Fred Barber at the end of the 2012/13 season, said he is enjoying working with the former Northern Ireland manager.

"Working with Nigel has been a great learning curve for me," he said. "I have learned a lot over last season and the three months when he originally took over. We were in a dogfight to stay in the Football League and so it was a massive learning curve for me and he is a great person to work for.

"I always said that I wanted to learn steadily, rather than go in as a manager. If you haven't learned you can fall flat on your face and so I have done it steadily - from the Under-13s and 14s at Hull to the academy at York City, the reserves and now assistant manager."

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1:16pm Wed 11 Jun 14

tips says...

A very professional approach by the club which hopefully will reap dividends for the new season.
COYR
A very professional approach by the club which hopefully will reap dividends for the new season. COYR tips
  • Score: 6

1:47pm Wed 11 Jun 14

MARTYN1982 says...

I have heard Jonathan Greening to sign next week after his holiday!!!
I have heard Jonathan Greening to sign next week after his holiday!!! MARTYN1982
  • Score: 1

2:11pm Wed 11 Jun 14

yorkonafork says...

Paul Green who's just been released by Leeds to sign when Nigel is back off holiday I've heard.
Paul Green who's just been released by Leeds to sign when Nigel is back off holiday I've heard. yorkonafork
  • Score: -2

3:07pm Wed 11 Jun 14

johnno65 says...

Not sure about Johno Greening, doesn't always work out when players return to their old clubs, struggling to remember the name of the lad a couple of seasons back, we all welcomed with open arms only to go to Luton a few months later. Help me out what was his name?
Not sure about Johno Greening, doesn't always work out when players return to their old clubs, struggling to remember the name of the lad a couple of seasons back, we all welcomed with open arms only to go to Luton a few months later. Help me out what was his name? johnno65
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3:13pm Wed 11 Jun 14

paintitred says...

johnno65 wrote:
Not sure about Johno Greening, doesn't always work out when players return to their old clubs, struggling to remember the name of the lad a couple of seasons back, we all welcomed with open arms only to go to Luton a few months later. Help me out what was his name?
that would jonathan smith.

have to agree its dosnt always work out.
but greening would bring a heap of experience
[quote][p][bold]johnno65[/bold] wrote: Not sure about Johno Greening, doesn't always work out when players return to their old clubs, struggling to remember the name of the lad a couple of seasons back, we all welcomed with open arms only to go to Luton a few months later. Help me out what was his name?[/p][/quote]that would jonathan smith. have to agree its dosnt always work out. but greening would bring a heap of experience paintitred
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3:34pm Wed 11 Jun 14

nomorenursing says...

Any remaining doubts about our chairman's dedication to YCFC should now be banished for good. Thoroughly professional and a fan to boot, he only wants to see the club progress like the rest of us. Jason has been on a learning curve just like Steve Torpey and is obviously loving the fact that getting Nigel on board has been instrumental in that progress. A quiet revolution is happening folks!
Any remaining doubts about our chairman's dedication to YCFC should now be banished for good. Thoroughly professional and a fan to boot, he only wants to see the club progress like the rest of us. Jason has been on a learning curve just like Steve Torpey and is obviously loving the fact that getting Nigel on board has been instrumental in that progress. A quiet revolution is happening folks! nomorenursing
  • Score: 18

3:35pm Wed 11 Jun 14

MARTYN1982 says...

put it this way greening is far better then anything else we have in midfield at moment. played last 6 or 7 games for forest in championship im sure he can hack league 2 for a season...
put it this way greening is far better then anything else we have in midfield at moment. played last 6 or 7 games for forest in championship im sure he can hack league 2 for a season... MARTYN1982
  • Score: 0

3:39pm Wed 11 Jun 14

bill bailey says...

yorkonafork wrote:
Paul Green who's just been released by Leeds to sign when Nigel is back off holiday I've heard.
If he is over his knee problems and could give the club a couple of years he would be a fair signing. He was highly rated when he was in the Irish squad.
[quote][p][bold]yorkonafork[/bold] wrote: Paul Green who's just been released by Leeds to sign when Nigel is back off holiday I've heard.[/p][/quote]If he is over his knee problems and could give the club a couple of years he would be a fair signing. He was highly rated when he was in the Irish squad. bill bailey
  • Score: 1

3:59pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Southern Exile says...

bill bailey wrote:
yorkonafork wrote:
Paul Green who's just been released by Leeds to sign when Nigel is back off holiday I've heard.
If he is over his knee problems and could give the club a couple of years he would be a fair signing. He was highly rated when he was in the Irish squad.
Yeah, couple of knee injuries last season but over 400 appearances and 40 odd goals from midfield, how old is he 31? 32?
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yorkonafork[/bold] wrote: Paul Green who's just been released by Leeds to sign when Nigel is back off holiday I've heard.[/p][/quote]If he is over his knee problems and could give the club a couple of years he would be a fair signing. He was highly rated when he was in the Irish squad.[/p][/quote]Yeah, couple of knee injuries last season but over 400 appearances and 40 odd goals from midfield, how old is he 31? 32? Southern Exile
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5:05pm Wed 11 Jun 14

bill bailey says...

Southern Exile wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
yorkonafork wrote:
Paul Green who's just been released by Leeds to sign when Nigel is back off holiday I've heard.
If he is over his knee problems and could give the club a couple of years he would be a fair signing. He was highly rated when he was in the Irish squad.
Yeah, couple of knee injuries last season but over 400 appearances and 40 odd goals from midfield, how old is he 31? 32?
Yes your right, There was a GREEN in the Irish squad last night against PORTUGAL do you know if it was him ?? Good to talk !.
[quote][p][bold]Southern Exile[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yorkonafork[/bold] wrote: Paul Green who's just been released by Leeds to sign when Nigel is back off holiday I've heard.[/p][/quote]If he is over his knee problems and could give the club a couple of years he would be a fair signing. He was highly rated when he was in the Irish squad.[/p][/quote]Yeah, couple of knee injuries last season but over 400 appearances and 40 odd goals from midfield, how old is he 31? 32?[/p][/quote]Yes your right, There was a GREEN in the Irish squad last night against PORTUGAL do you know if it was him ?? Good to talk !. bill bailey
  • Score: 0

6:43pm Wed 11 Jun 14

goreds says...

Well done to all the 'backroom staff' and that includes Jason.
Everything is looking good so far for the new season.
It makes you wonder where we would be if Craig hadn't tried to kill us off - but thank God we got rid of him.
Well done to all the 'backroom staff' and that includes Jason. Everything is looking good so far for the new season. It makes you wonder where we would be if Craig hadn't tried to kill us off - but thank God we got rid of him. goreds
  • Score: 7

7:06pm Wed 11 Jun 14

arsene.about.york says...

Have they forgotten we have also signed a goal keeper Jason Mooney ?
Have they forgotten we have also signed a goal keeper Jason Mooney ? arsene.about.york
  • Score: 4

9:02pm Wed 11 Jun 14

the-e-man says...

What had happened to all those who called our chairman "McGrab" ??
Where are they now?
I posted on here before about the prospects of Steve Torpey. Young but with
a great teacher in NW. I can see the day when NW decides he can take YCFC no further and he moves on. I do not think he is the kind to "tread water". Stability and continuity at a football club are great things and I wonder if Steve Torpey is one for the future.
What had happened to all those who called our chairman "McGrab" ?? Where are they now? I posted on here before about the prospects of Steve Torpey. Young but with a great teacher in NW. I can see the day when NW decides he can take YCFC no further and he moves on. I do not think he is the kind to "tread water". Stability and continuity at a football club are great things and I wonder if Steve Torpey is one for the future. the-e-man
  • Score: 2

11:12am Thu 12 Jun 14

billoofyork says...

According to Sky Sports: We are hearing York City are set to sign Southend defender Anthony Straker on a free transfer. Straker is set to undergo a medical at Bootham Crescent before joining the League Two hopefuls.
According to Sky Sports: We are hearing York City are set to sign Southend defender Anthony Straker on a free transfer. Straker is set to undergo a medical at Bootham Crescent before joining the League Two hopefuls. billoofyork
  • Score: 3

12:23pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Yorkie41 says...

No news on Anthony Straker from Southend as of yet.
No news on Anthony Straker from Southend as of yet. Yorkie41
  • Score: 1

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