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Elliott Whitehouse’s all-round push to make mark at York City
NEW signing Elliott Whitehouse is promising to provide a “little bit of everything” during his loan spell at York City.
The 19-year-old midfielder hopes to be defending, heading, tackling and even scoring the goals for the Minstermen after arriving at the club on an initial month’s loan from League One outfit Sheffield United.
Whitehouse, who impressed for the Blades during their pre-season friendly at Bootham Crescent, took the advice of current City striker Richard Cresswell, who said York was the place to be if the youngster wanted to get games under his belt.
And the former Rotherham United junior says he hopes to extend his deal, which can be a rolling agreement under youth loan regulations, if boss Nigel Worthington is happy with his progress in the team.
“It’s brilliant,” Whitehouse said of his York move.
“It’s a good club with a good manager and a good set of lads. I’m excited to be on a month’s loan and I can’t wait to get into it.
“Training was high intensity. The manager demands that off everyone, that they work hard, pass and move and you get a good workout.
“Nigel Worthington spoke to my agent the other day and I think in pre-season as well because we played York. I did well there so I think he had a good impact and hopefully I can repay him by playing well for the team.
“I follow York a bit because a good friend of mine, Richard Cresswell, used to be at Sheffield United so I still speak to him.
“He told me it was a brilliant set of lads and a good club to come to in order to get games so that’s what I am hoping to do – work hard and try to get myself in the team.
“They play a good style of football, they pass it and I am just looking to get regular games.”
He continued: “If everything is going right and I am performing well and the manager said he was looking to extend it (the loan) then I would be more than happy to. Definitely.
“I’m a box to box player. I have got a good engine. I can defend, I can head, I can tackle, I can score goals – as I’ve proved in the last few years playing for the under-21s and youth team.
“I’m versatile. I can play up front, I have played centre-back before – so a bit of everything.”
Despite a run of form which hasn’t seen the Minstermen win since the opening League Two clash against Northampton last month, Whitehouse is still aiming high.
“It just takes one game to get our confidence back, score a few goals, play well and we will be on our way,” he said.
“I think we can push for the play-offs.”
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