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Window moves not on agenda for York City chief
YORK City manager Nigel Worthington has no current plans to recruit new players before the transfer deadline in ten days’ time.
The Minstermen will have until 11pm a week on Monday to make any permanent signings prior to the transfer window reopening during the New Year.
But Worthington, pictured, whose team have taken four points from a possible nine in their first three League Two fixtures, sees no pressing need to add to his 22 professionals unless the club suffer any form of injury crisis.
Estonian international Sander Puri is the only definite absentee for tomorrow’s League Two clash at Bristol Rovers with a torn a hamstring muscle, although David McGurk remains doubtful with his own hamstring problem that saw him miss last Saturday’s 0-0 home draw with Hartlepool.
Worthington has also suggested, even in the event of a crowded treatment room next week, he could prefer to use the loan market after the window has closed.
The City boss said: “At this moment, I’m not really looking around because I am very happy with the group overall. If something happened on the injury front, I might look at it but then there’s always the loan market if we need to use it afterwards.”
On McGurk’s chances of featuring at the Memorial Stadium, Worthington added: “We will see where he’s at. He’s not far away but it’s a case of how hard do we want to push the situation.
“We will consider how much work he’s done this week and whether he’s up to speed, because the last thing we want is a recurrence of any problem.”
The Minstermen travel south-west having netted just once in their first four matches of 2013/14 – against ten-man Northampton on the opening day of the season.Worthington insisted, though, that he is not worried by his team’s lack of goals.
“It’s not a concern at the moment,” he said. “I know we have players who can score goals and players who can create chances.
“It’s all down to individuals taking care with their final ball into the box and people being sharp in the box to put the ball in the net or force it towards the opposition’s goal.”
Ryan Bowman hit a hat-trick this week in a behind-closed-doors clash with Middlesbrough under-21s but the 21-year-old forward, who netted 19 times for Conference outfit Hereford last season, might still need to bide his time as he waits for a first League start in City colours.
On Bowman’s prospects after the Boro game, Worthington said: “I was looking at the team and am not reading too much into the scoreline although it’s obviously nice for people to score goals and, hopefully, the goals from that game can spread through to the first team.
“Ryan knows what he needs to do to get into the side. I’ve spoken to him and he’s learning about this level. Even if he’s on the bench, he can still be learning and, with somebody like Richard Cresswell in the group, he has a great teacher with a wealth of experience to learn from.”
Tomorrow’s hosts have also struggled in attack so far this term with just two goals during their first four matches without a win but Worthington still expects a stern challenge from a team managed by former Bootham Crescent chief John Ward, saying: “I know John Ward well. He is a very well-respected manager and coach. I am expecting a very tough, hard-fought game.”
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