Adriano Moké in limbo as York City manager weighs up options

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YORK City manager Gary Mills is unlikely to bring Adriano Moké back to Bootham Crescent following his release by Cambridge United.

But the Minstermen chief has not completely ruled out a return for the 23-year-old winger with his squad short on fit attacking wide players.

Moké turned down the offer of a new deal with City in the summer, opting instead to stay in the Blue Square Bet Premier with Cambridge, reasoning that his first-team chances would be greater.

He only made two league starts for Cambridge, however, before being loaned out to Tamworth at the end of October and has now been made surplus to requirements.

With Michael Coulson, Ashley Chambers, Oli Johnson and John McReady all having suffered long-term injury lay-offs this term, Moké could have featured prominently in City’s first season back in the Football League had he accepted an extension to his contract but that opportunity might have passed by now.

City boss Mills said: “I had six missed phone calls from Mokes after Cambridge let him go. I’m not a man who would be too proud to say ‘Come on back and show us what you can do’ if it came to that, but it’s a bit like the Richard Brodie situation.

“It’s about being 100 per cent sure and sometimes you have moved on as a club. If I go back to June time, then I was really disappointed because I thought going into the Football League was a great opportunity for Mokes, but he decided to go to Cambridge to play games and then didn’t play games.

“I know he would be cheap – that’s a fact – because we wouldn’t pay him a lot of money but, at this moment in time, we wouldn’t be looking to do anything. It’s sometimes easy to go back but we’ve done that already and it’s not worked out as well as I’d have liked.”

Attacking wide players remain Mills’ main priority, however, as he considers whether to strengthen his squad during the transfer window.

He added: “Michael Coulson and Ashley Chambers were playing so well at the start of the season that they were keeping Matty Blair out of the team, but we’ve lost them both and also been without Oli Johnson and John McReady. It’s been a big blow to lose all those players and I’d like to sign a minimum of two attacking wide players.”

Mills missed out on one target this week when League Two rivals Rotherham recruited Danny Kearns on loan from Peterborough.

Kearns played for the Minstermen on the same basis earlier in the season but Mills revealed he was in no position to compete financially with the Millers, adding: “I think Rotherham have brought in three or four players over the last week and we are not in a position to splash that sort of money at this moment in time. If I had wanted Danny on loan, it would have cost a lot more than it did to bring him here before.”

Youth-team winger Reece Kelly, meanwhile, gave Mills a reminder of his talents on the flank this week with a goal during the 3-0 North Riding Senior Cup victory over Northallerton.

Kelly was given his senior debut, as a first-year scholar against Forest Green at the end of last season, with Mills pointing out that now is a crucial time for the teenager with decisions over contracts on the horizon.

“He did well the other night,” the City boss said of Kelly’s county cup display. “You have to bear in mind the standard of the opposition but he stuck his goal away well, put some good crosses in and showed a bit of pace, which he’s not been doing of late in the youth team.

“I gave him his chance last season in the first team because he showed me something and we are now coming up to an important two or three weeks for him in terms of his future.”

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11:17am Sat 12 Jan 13

Fatsober says...

I never usually get too excited about bringing past players back and Mokes has hardly set the world on fire since he left. But he is a player who suits our style, GM knows what he's about and we have absolutely no cash so giving him a run until the end of the season might not be a bad idea. There are other options coming through the ranks, so perhaps Mokes has burned his bridges.
I never usually get too excited about bringing past players back and Mokes has hardly set the world on fire since he left. But he is a player who suits our style, GM knows what he's about and we have absolutely no cash so giving him a run until the end of the season might not be a bad idea. There are other options coming through the ranks, so perhaps Mokes has burned his bridges. Fatsober

11:25am Sat 12 Jan 13

duffy says...

Please god no, attitude over ability. Was he not one of three players described as a bad influence by the Cambridge manager and they have all been shipped out according to Cambridge fans.
Please god no, attitude over ability. Was he not one of three players described as a bad influence by the Cambridge manager and they have all been shipped out according to Cambridge fans. duffy

11:31am Sat 12 Jan 13

alimount says...

Non league rejects are not what we need! Never rated him the first time around and he offers nothing defensively which we need to stay in our safe, midtable position.
Seems from the comments made by Mills and the figures seen this week that we have no money. Survival and stability for a couple of seasons is paramount. Hope we give the youth lads a chance as they are the cheapest option.
Non league rejects are not what we need! Never rated him the first time around and he offers nothing defensively which we need to stay in our safe, midtable position. Seems from the comments made by Mills and the figures seen this week that we have no money. Survival and stability for a couple of seasons is paramount. Hope we give the youth lads a chance as they are the cheapest option. alimount

11:42am Sat 12 Jan 13

Fatsober says...

duffy wrote:
Please god no, attitude over ability. Was he not one of three players described as a bad influence by the Cambridge manager and they have all been shipped out according to Cambridge fans.
You could be right, but he seemed to be out of favour there almost as soon as he arrived. Shortly after there was a piece in the paper from their gaffer saying he was weighing up his option about him. I cant see that anyone could be such a disruptive influence after only a few weeks. Perhaps down to a clash of personalities as I can't remember any stories like that when he was with us. Unlike that Swallow lad - would still love to know what he did at training that got him disciplined and put on the next train home!
[quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: Please god no, attitude over ability. Was he not one of three players described as a bad influence by the Cambridge manager and they have all been shipped out according to Cambridge fans.[/p][/quote]You could be right, but he seemed to be out of favour there almost as soon as he arrived. Shortly after there was a piece in the paper from their gaffer saying he was weighing up his option about him. I cant see that anyone could be such a disruptive influence after only a few weeks. Perhaps down to a clash of personalities as I can't remember any stories like that when he was with us. Unlike that Swallow lad - would still love to know what he did at training that got him disciplined and put on the next train home! Fatsober

12:22pm Sat 12 Jan 13

duffy says...

I honestly don't think the answer to our problems is a player that could not get a game at a midtable conference club and had question marks against his attitude. I simply don't believe Mills will take him on again.
I honestly don't think the answer to our problems is a player that could not get a game at a midtable conference club and had question marks against his attitude. I simply don't believe Mills will take him on again. duffy

12:28pm Sat 12 Jan 13

Even AndyD says...

Would love to see the lad succeed but there is a wealth of difference between Conference and L2 defenders. If he can't cut it against the latter at three different clubs, he is going to struggle with the step up. One day maybe, as he has talent, but not in the short term we require.
Would love to see the lad succeed but there is a wealth of difference between Conference and L2 defenders. If he can't cut it against the latter at three different clubs, he is going to struggle with the step up. One day maybe, as he has talent, but not in the short term we require. Even AndyD

12:30pm Sat 12 Jan 13

YorkCityLuke says...

Depends on exactly how cheap he will be for the club. If he's on a low wage and signs a short contract, it's a minimal risk to the club, so why not take him back on. Got to say that I agree with duffy though, in that he is probably not the answer to our problems.
Depends on exactly how cheap he will be for the club. If he's on a low wage and signs a short contract, it's a minimal risk to the club, so why not take him back on. Got to say that I agree with duffy though, in that he is probably not the answer to our problems. YorkCityLuke

1:44pm Sat 12 Jan 13

rogue84 says...

don't think he adds anything else, i'd rather see McReady given a chance in a front three than bringing Moke back. no problem with the lad, just don't rate him highly enough to see him playing league football.
don't think he adds anything else, i'd rather see McReady given a chance in a front three than bringing Moke back. no problem with the lad, just don't rate him highly enough to see him playing league football. rogue84

1:57pm Sat 12 Jan 13

Tug job says...

I understand from a couple of Cambridge fans I know that he was keen to bé seen out on the town and spent a lot of time on Twitter tweeting odd things about them not being good enough for his talent, which led to some unrest in the dressing room. I don't think that GM is the type of manager to take unnecessary risks like this. A shame, in a way, as he definitely has talent.
I understand from a couple of Cambridge fans I know that he was keen to bé seen out on the town and spent a lot of time on Twitter tweeting odd things about them not being good enough for his talent, which led to some unrest in the dressing room. I don't think that GM is the type of manager to take unnecessary risks like this. A shame, in a way, as he definitely has talent. Tug job

2:10pm Sat 12 Jan 13

OLD - HEAD says...

"No definately not" to any suggestion about bringing Adriano Moke back to York City. He was not good enough for two Conference clubs since leaving City, so why should he be good enough for us?. I know that we are one of the poor relations in Division 2 but surely we can come up with someone better. To compare Moke and Brodie as a similar situation is ridiculous, Brodie would have been a much better option.
"No definately not" to any suggestion about bringing Adriano Moke back to York City. He was not good enough for two Conference clubs since leaving City, so why should he be good enough for us?. I know that we are one of the poor relations in Division 2 but surely we can come up with someone better. To compare Moke and Brodie as a similar situation is ridiculous, Brodie would have been a much better option. OLD - HEAD

2:58pm Sat 12 Jan 13

johnno65 says...

alimount wrote:
Non league rejects are not what we need! Never rated him the first time around and he offers nothing defensively which we need to stay in our safe, midtable position. Seems from the comments made by Mills and the figures seen this week that we have no money. Survival and stability for a couple of seasons is paramount. Hope we give the youth lads a chance as they are the cheapest option.
I agree with alimount, give the young lads a run out you say cheap option but also very talented players,gives them a chance to shine and i hear one is already catching the eye of a league 1 club, remember when goalie Nick Culkin signed for Man Utd without playing a seniour game for York, "use em or lose em"
[quote][p][bold]alimount[/bold] wrote: Non league rejects are not what we need! Never rated him the first time around and he offers nothing defensively which we need to stay in our safe, midtable position. Seems from the comments made by Mills and the figures seen this week that we have no money. Survival and stability for a couple of seasons is paramount. Hope we give the youth lads a chance as they are the cheapest option.[/p][/quote]I agree with alimount, give the young lads a run out you say cheap option but also very talented players,gives them a chance to shine and i hear one is already catching the eye of a league 1 club, remember when goalie Nick Culkin signed for Man Utd without playing a seniour game for York, "use em or lose em" johnno65

9:38pm Sat 12 Jan 13

bill bailey says...

Im sorry to say it ,this a problem with the home grown players.they sit on the bench kicking their heels waiting,and waiting,while imports are ahead in the pecking order and are in some cases no better.give the local lads the chance to express themselves.it seems there are three ready and willing.ship out the dead wood.
Im sorry to say it ,this a problem with the home grown players.they sit on the bench kicking their heels waiting,and waiting,while imports are ahead in the pecking order and are in some cases no better.give the local lads the chance to express themselves.it seems there are three ready and willing.ship out the dead wood. bill bailey

5:17pm Sun 13 Jan 13

tomwillo1 says...

I don't want him back. Can't understand why City fans liked him so much. Conference player at best. Bad attitute and sounds like an absolute tard on twitter!
I don't want him back. Can't understand why City fans liked him so much. Conference player at best. Bad attitute and sounds like an absolute tard on twitter! tomwillo1

11:46pm Sun 13 Jan 13

GreenshawGrinder says...

Adriano in limbo, best place for him!
Adriano in limbo, best place for him! GreenshawGrinder

1:02pm Mon 14 Jan 13

redbluelion says...

serves him right...he left york city for a non league club..he turned his back on us now mills
do the right thing slam the door shut in his face..we don't need him.
serves him right...he left york city for a non league club..he turned his back on us now mills do the right thing slam the door shut in his face..we don't need him. redbluelion

4:31pm Mon 14 Jan 13

bill bailey says...

It seems by the remarks on here, Smith
and Moke.over rated their own ability.
Smith mixed with old heads at Swindon
he then had to carry a inflated head on his shoulders.i understand why Mr Mills
had him back.but Moke should go back to Spain and try his luck there.
It seems by the remarks on here, Smith and Moke.over rated their own ability. Smith mixed with old heads at Swindon he then had to carry a inflated head on his shoulders.i understand why Mr Mills had him back.but Moke should go back to Spain and try his luck there. bill bailey

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