York City boss Nigel Worthington sends back loan trio

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LOAN trio Michael Rankine, John McGrath and Alex Rodman have been sent back to their parent clubs by York City manager Nigel Worthington.

The Minstermen chief decided on the move due to an excess of players at the club's Wigginton Road training ground as he tries to plot a successful battle against relegation.

City will still be obliged to pay the players' wages until the end of the season and Aldershot will not be able to select Rodman or Rankine, while Burton cannot call on the services of McGrath either.

But all three were deemed surplus to requirements at Bootham Crescent with only five on-loan players permitted in a matchday squad.

Temporary signings Jack O'Connell, Richard Cresswell, Josh Carson and Adam Reed are all first-choice selections in Worthington's current favoured first XI with Arron Jameson also needed as goalkeeping cover on the bench.

Worthington still has a 24-man squad for the final four fixtures of the season although Scott Kerr (calf) and Jon Challinor (broken fibula) are both sidelined.

Explaining his squad-trimming exercise, Worthington said: "Michael Rankine, John McGrath and Alex Rodman are all going back to their contracted clubs because we had a difficult number of players at the club.

"There were far, far too many and you need to focus on those who are in and around the first-team squad. Otherwise, everything can get a bit lost on the training ground.

"That's no disrespect to anyone and I want to thank all three lads for their efforts but, as I explained to them, they were not my loan signings and circumstances have dictated in their cases."

Worthington, meanwhile, is hoping Ipswich will agree to extend Carson's loan stay until the end of the season.

On Kerr and Challinor, the City boss added: "We are awaiting scan results on Scott Kerr's calf. Jon Challinor has started jogging and light ball work and, then, it's about building up his fitness and getting back into the cut and thrust of training."

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5:36pm Thu 4 Apr 13

Helliwell's Not a Donkey says...

No love lost over Rodman
No love lost over Rodman Helliwell's Not a Donkey
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5:44pm Thu 4 Apr 13

Dash W says...

Many thanks to all three of them for helping out (best they could)-weird that none of them can actually play for the rest of the season. Now onto Saturday with the visit of Accrington. Onwards and upwards!
Many thanks to all three of them for helping out (best they could)-weird that none of them can actually play for the rest of the season. Now onto Saturday with the visit of Accrington. Onwards and upwards! Dash W
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5:54pm Thu 4 Apr 13

Dortmun says...

I believe that because none of the three players being able to play for their clubs because they are registered to us until the end of the season and their wages being paid by us, in the event of an emergency we would be able to bring any of them back to the club and play them so in effect we still have a 27 man squad.
I believe that because none of the three players being able to play for their clubs because they are registered to us until the end of the season and their wages being paid by us, in the event of an emergency we would be able to bring any of them back to the club and play them so in effect we still have a 27 man squad. Dortmun
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6:31pm Thu 4 Apr 13

YorkCityLuke says...

Thanks to all of them. They all looked 'ok' most of the time, and all chipped in where they could. The newer loan signings in Cresswell, Reed, Carson etc. are generally of a higher quality though, so I can understand why they've been allowed to go.
Thanks to all of them. They all looked 'ok' most of the time, and all chipped in where they could. The newer loan signings in Cresswell, Reed, Carson etc. are generally of a higher quality though, so I can understand why they've been allowed to go. YorkCityLuke
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7:07pm Thu 4 Apr 13

circuitous route dorset says...

If we are paying them and they cannot play for their parent club what is the point of this? Dont understand.
If we are paying them and they cannot play for their parent club what is the point of this? Dont understand. circuitous route dorset
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7:45pm Thu 4 Apr 13

kirkbride1979 says...

circuitous route dorset wrote:
If we are paying them and they cannot play for their parent club what is the point of this? Dont understand.
NW said. need to focus on those who are in and around the first-team squad. Otherwise, everything can get a bit lost on the training ground.
[quote][p][bold]circuitous route dorset[/bold] wrote: If we are paying them and they cannot play for their parent club what is the point of this? Dont understand.[/p][/quote]NW said. need to focus on those who are in and around the first-team squad. Otherwise, everything can get a bit lost on the training ground. kirkbride1979
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7:57pm Thu 4 Apr 13

Mad for Minstermen says...

I believe what NW means is that on the training ground little point in having players around who have no hope of playing, when practising corners, set pieces etc....mind you, someone has to make the tea and clean boots!!
I believe what NW means is that on the training ground little point in having players around who have no hope of playing, when practising corners, set pieces etc....mind you, someone has to make the tea and clean boots!! Mad for Minstermen
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8:23pm Thu 4 Apr 13

Yorkie69 says...

Excellent decision. The players NW has brought in are far better than these three. Having seen McGrath`s "efforts" to close down the Torquay player which led to their second goal then good riddance. Kerr has been out of his depth and thank God Platt has been brought back from Harrogate. Adam Reed will be looking to earn a contract and Cresswell still holds the club in high esteem.

A big crowd on Saturday to get behind the team and we can stay up !!
Excellent decision. The players NW has brought in are far better than these three. Having seen McGrath`s "efforts" to close down the Torquay player which led to their second goal then good riddance. Kerr has been out of his depth and thank God Platt has been brought back from Harrogate. Adam Reed will be looking to earn a contract and Cresswell still holds the club in high esteem. A big crowd on Saturday to get behind the team and we can stay up !! Yorkie69
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8:28pm Thu 4 Apr 13

duffy says...

Sadly just three more useless signings that might as well never have appeared in the first place. Why we though players not deemed good enough for our rivals were the answer is anyone's guess.
Sadly just three more useless signings that might as well never have appeared in the first place. Why we though players not deemed good enough for our rivals were the answer is anyone's guess. duffy
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9:10pm Thu 4 Apr 13

class of 84 says...

First of what i'm sure will be a mass clear out at the end of the season.
First of what i'm sure will be a mass clear out at the end of the season. class of 84
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9:21pm Thu 4 Apr 13

Svennis says...

McGrath looked good in his first game, and rapidly went downhill. Rankine is, was and always will be a carthorse and Rodman never, ever looked good. Tip of the iceberg methinks. A squad enema inevitable.
McGrath looked good in his first game, and rapidly went downhill. Rankine is, was and always will be a carthorse and Rodman never, ever looked good. Tip of the iceberg methinks. A squad enema inevitable. Svennis
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9:38pm Thu 4 Apr 13

rupertbehr says...

Retaining Josh Carson till the end of the season is, in my opinion vital.
The boys been a colossus for us
Good luck NW
Retaining Josh Carson till the end of the season is, in my opinion vital. The boys been a colossus for us Good luck NW rupertbehr
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10:33pm Thu 4 Apr 13

carterjason says...

Three players that just were not good enough, good thing letting them go and just work with the players that are fighting and pulling together to keep this club in the football league.
Three players that just were not good enough, good thing letting them go and just work with the players that are fighting and pulling together to keep this club in the football league. carterjason
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11:54pm Thu 4 Apr 13

GreenshawGrinder says...

Good move, no chance of them being in the team, so why pay all or part of their wages?
Good move, no chance of them being in the team, so why pay all or part of their wages? GreenshawGrinder
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12:08am Fri 5 Apr 13

Mickey T says...

GreenshawGrinder wrote:
Good move, no chance of them being in the team, so why pay all or part of their wages?
Taken from Dave Fletts artical above......Quote....
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City will still be obliged to pay the players' wages until the end of the season!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
! Un Quote.
[quote][p][bold]GreenshawGrinder[/bold] wrote: Good move, no chance of them being in the team, so why pay all or part of their wages?[/p][/quote]Taken from Dave Fletts artical above......Quote.... .... City will still be obliged to pay the players' wages until the end of the season!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ! Un Quote. Mickey T
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12:12am Fri 5 Apr 13

missionfromarry says...

Please can someone refute this rumour cressies going back to Sheff utd next week ?! Can't see it myself ....but you never know !
Please can someone refute this rumour cressies going back to Sheff utd next week ?! Can't see it myself ....but you never know ! missionfromarry
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4:02am Fri 5 Apr 13

pip007 says...

Nigel's signings have been impressive. Players on the fringes of higher level teams (Michael Procter for example 10 years back) always likely to be a better bet than players on the fringes of non-league teams. If we can stay up and if Nigel stays with us I think he can get us promoted to L1. That said, I'd be happy to be a middling L2 team for a couple of years. Good luck on Saturday everyone!
Nigel's signings have been impressive. Players on the fringes of higher level teams (Michael Procter for example 10 years back) always likely to be a better bet than players on the fringes of non-league teams. If we can stay up and if Nigel stays with us I think he can get us promoted to L1. That said, I'd be happy to be a middling L2 team for a couple of years. Good luck on Saturday everyone! pip007
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9:55am Fri 5 Apr 13

Yorkieroy60 says...

A wise decision pruning the numbers then you can see the wood from the trees and you know what you've got to work with-get the feeling NW takes no prisoners and rightly so it's the only way to be at this point-Come on City 3 points on Saturday!
A wise decision pruning the numbers then you can see the wood from the trees and you know what you've got to work with-get the feeling NW takes no prisoners and rightly so it's the only way to be at this point-Come on City 3 points on Saturday! Yorkieroy60
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11:03am Fri 5 Apr 13

bill bailey says...

duffy wrote:
Sadly just three more useless signings that might as well never have appeared in the first place. Why we though players not deemed good enough for our rivals were the answer is anyone's guess.
Well to those who said Mills was a great manager are incapable of looking deeper. he's left a legacy,spending money on players and committing the club too money, in my opinion was wasted,like you said ,they could'nt get in their own clubs team so whats the point, HOW MANY MORE ARE THERE
THE CLUB ARE PAYING, would be interesting to see what the total liability the club has on those out on loan to other clubs.
[quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: Sadly just three more useless signings that might as well never have appeared in the first place. Why we though players not deemed good enough for our rivals were the answer is anyone's guess.[/p][/quote]Well to those who said Mills was a great manager are incapable of looking deeper. he's left a legacy,spending money on players and committing the club too money, in my opinion was wasted,like you said ,they could'nt get in their own clubs team so whats the point, HOW MANY MORE ARE THERE THE CLUB ARE PAYING, would be interesting to see what the total liability the club has on those out on loan to other clubs. bill bailey
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1:35pm Fri 5 Apr 13

MUDAHIM says...

I would have kept them just in case, unles there was an issue with their attitude or committment.

Kerr and Challanor are injured, Carson isn't guaranteed to the end of the season and under his loan terms Cresswell could be recalled by Sheff U. I'm not sure about Reed or O'Connell.

Of the three I was impressed with McGrath's deadball deliveries, the best at City for a while
I would have kept them just in case, unles there was an issue with their attitude or committment. Kerr and Challanor are injured, Carson isn't guaranteed to the end of the season and under his loan terms Cresswell could be recalled by Sheff U. I'm not sure about Reed or O'Connell. Of the three I was impressed with McGrath's deadball deliveries, the best at City for a while MUDAHIM
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4:30pm Fri 5 Apr 13

bill bailey says...

Mad for Minstermen wrote:
I believe what NW means is that on the training ground little point in having players around who have no hope of playing, when practising corners, set pieces etc....mind you, someone has to make the tea and clean boots!!
WHY DONT YOU PUT YOU HAND UP.your no good at anything else.
[quote][p][bold]Mad for Minstermen[/bold] wrote: I believe what NW means is that on the training ground little point in having players around who have no hope of playing, when practising corners, set pieces etc....mind you, someone has to make the tea and clean boots!![/p][/quote]WHY DONT YOU PUT YOU HAND UP.your no good at anything else. bill bailey
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4:41pm Fri 5 Apr 13

circuitous route dorset says...

kirkbride1979 wrote:
circuitous route dorset wrote:
If we are paying them and they cannot play for their parent club what is the point of this? Dont understand.
NW said. need to focus on those who are in and around the first-team squad. Otherwise, everything can get a bit lost on the training ground.
Fair enough but paying wages and not using players still makes no sense - I accept that NW has no use for them but why are we in a position where we need to pay wages for surplus staff?
[quote][p][bold]kirkbride1979[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]circuitous route dorset[/bold] wrote: If we are paying them and they cannot play for their parent club what is the point of this? Dont understand.[/p][/quote]NW said. need to focus on those who are in and around the first-team squad. Otherwise, everything can get a bit lost on the training ground.[/p][/quote]Fair enough but paying wages and not using players still makes no sense - I accept that NW has no use for them but why are we in a position where we need to pay wages for surplus staff? circuitous route dorset
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5:06pm Fri 5 Apr 13

bill bailey says...

circuitous route dorset wrote:
kirkbride1979 wrote:
circuitous route dorset wrote:
If we are paying them and they cannot play for their parent club what is the point of this? Dont understand.
NW said. need to focus on those who are in and around the first-team squad. Otherwise, everything can get a bit lost on the training ground.
Fair enough but paying wages and not using players still makes no sense - I accept that NW has no use for them but why are we in a position where we need to pay wages for surplus staff?
I agree with you, but Mills gave them the contracts , cant blame the players they thought it was their birthday when he offered them it. the players were not good enough for their clubs so why did he think they were for us,bad management,thats the bottom line,
[quote][p][bold]circuitous route dorset[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kirkbride1979[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]circuitous route dorset[/bold] wrote: If we are paying them and they cannot play for their parent club what is the point of this? Dont understand.[/p][/quote]NW said. need to focus on those who are in and around the first-team squad. Otherwise, everything can get a bit lost on the training ground.[/p][/quote]Fair enough but paying wages and not using players still makes no sense - I accept that NW has no use for them but why are we in a position where we need to pay wages for surplus staff?[/p][/quote]I agree with you, but Mills gave them the contracts , cant blame the players they thought it was their birthday when he offered them it. the players were not good enough for their clubs so why did he think they were for us,bad management,thats the bottom line, bill bailey
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7:32pm Fri 5 Apr 13

Mad for Minstermen says...

bill bailey wrote:
Mad for Minstermen wrote:
I believe what NW means is that on the training ground little point in having players around who have no hope of playing, when practising corners, set pieces etc....mind you, someone has to make the tea and clean boots!!
WHY DONT YOU PUT YOU HAND UP.your no good at anything else.
Yes Bill, your the bloke getting up early on a Sunday morning to look at young lads.....your admission, expect the cops might be knocking on your door, cretin.
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mad for Minstermen[/bold] wrote: I believe what NW means is that on the training ground little point in having players around who have no hope of playing, when practising corners, set pieces etc....mind you, someone has to make the tea and clean boots!![/p][/quote]WHY DONT YOU PUT YOU HAND UP.your no good at anything else.[/p][/quote]Yes Bill, your the bloke getting up early on a Sunday morning to look at young lads.....your admission, expect the cops might be knocking on your door, cretin. Mad for Minstermen
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