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Josh Carson re-joins York City
NORTHERN Ireland international Josh Carson has agreed to re-join York City.
The 19-year-old, who played five games on loan for the Minstermen last season, resumed his link with the club after he accepted a deal offered by City boss Nigel Worthington, the man who gave Carson his international debut when Worthington was in charge of the green and white ranks.
Said Worthington: “We have offered a deal to Josh Carson, which he has accepted.
“Subject to a medical and international clearance he will be joining the club later this week.”
The Ballymena-born player was released on the last day of the transfer window last week by Championship outfit Ipswich Town to where he returned after a broken foot curtailed his loan stint at Bootham Crescent last spring.
But despite interest from a pack of other clubs including Hibernian in the Scottish Premier League, Carson, who is in line to play for Northern Ireland Under-21s against Belgium in a European Championship qualifier tonight, preferred linking up again with Worthington at York.
Carson struck a favourable note with the City faithful during his five games on loan displaying ample versatility by playing on both wings, in midfield and even revelling in a spell at left-back.
He was Worthington’s first outfield signing for the Minstermen when he arrived to take command of the battle against relegation from the Football League after the sacking of two-time Wembley winner Gary Mills.
Unfortunately, just as he was settling in and making a good impression, the four-times capped full international fractured a metatarsal bone in City’s 1-1 home draw against Accrington Stanley and returned to his parent club.
During his time as Northern Ireland boss Worthington gave Carson his senior bow against the Republic of Ireland. He then kept him in the side against Wales.
Since then Carson has also figured in senior internationals against Holland and Finland.
After he was freed on transfer deadline day by Ipswich, where he played 33 times and scored five goals in three years at Portman Road, he is currently part of the Irish U21s squad.
• York City’s second round Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie against Rotherham United will be played at Bootham Crescent on Tuesday October 8, kick-off 7.45pm.
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