Nigel Worthington aims to trim York City squad

York Press: Jamal Fyfield could be next to leave Bootham Crescent Jamal Fyfield could be next to leave Bootham Crescent

YORK City are looking to offload more players this month following former Wembley hero Ashley Chambers’ move to Conference club Cambridge United.

Bootham Crescent chief Nigel Worthington has expressed a preference for any out-of-favour players to leave on a permanent basis rather than being farmed out on loan but also added that any departures would only be sanctioned when it suited the club.

Chambers, who scored for City during the 2012 Blue Square Bet Premier play-off final victory over Luton, has left for non-League promotion hopefuls Cambridge after starting just one game since mid-October.

Left-back Jamal Fyfield, who has featured in just two league games all season, might follow Chambers through the exit door, while the likes of Tom Allan, Craig Clay, Sander Puri and Chris Dickinson have also struggled for first-team opportunities in recent months.

On the possibility of further departures during the transfer window, Worthington said: “We are looking at some players to leave permanently rather than on loan because that’s fairer for the players and the club, but the club has to come first before anybody leaves.”

While City visit bottom-of-the-table Northampton tomorrow, Chambers will be taking on old Conference nemesis Luton with new club Cambridge in the FA Trophy.

The former Leicester attacker scored a crucial goal in City’s 2-0 win at Sixfields last season, kicking off a run of three straight wins that preserved the club’s Football League status.

Chambers was also on target in the 2-0 victory over Plymouth last April that ended a run of 16 games without a win and gave Worthington his first victory in charge of the Minstermen.

He finished last term as City’s top scorer with ten goals but has failed to find the net in 18 outings this season and Worthington felt the time was right for both player and club to part company, saying: “Working close to Ash, I felt it had got to the stage where he needed a change and he probably agreed with that.

“Rather than wait for the summer, when there will be a lot of out-of-contract players looking for clubs, it was an opportunity for him to move now so I think it was the right thing to do. I believe he is capable of being a Football League player but he just needs a fresh challenge.

“He played a big part in those final games last season to make sure York stayed in the league so I am very grateful for that. I wish him all the best for the rest of the season and hope he does well.”

Worthington is also targeting further additions to his squad in the coming weeks, with a goalkeeper and centre-back believed to be priorities.

“We are still looking at a couple of things that we have been working on since December but, sometimes, you have to be patient to see if they will happen,” the City boss added.

For a third successive match, City could be without a substitute goalkeeper at Northampton and Worthington admitted: “It’s not an ideal situation.

“You normally want one ’keeper to perform and one to back up but, if I can’t get the individual I want, then we might need to get through the next week or two with just one ’keeper.”

Centre-back Dan Parslow has undergone his cruciate knee ligament operation with Worthington hoping the ex-Wales Under-21 international can now plan his recovery.

“Having the operation is always the biggest thing because, once that’s out of the way, you can look forward to your rehab and getting better,” Worthington reasoned.

City will not be rushing back nine-goal striker Ryan Jarvis, meanwhile, despite his return to light training this week following the hamstring injury he suffered during the 1-0 New Year’s Day win against Morecambe.

“We will be seeing what he is like over the next 24 hours but, if there is any risk at all, he won’t be involved,” Worthington said.

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1:18pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Fat Harry says...

"Chambers will be taking on old Conference nemesis Luton..."

A nemesis is something that you cannot defeat, conquer or overcome.

I would suggest therefore that Ash is Luton's nemesis.
"Chambers will be taking on old Conference nemesis Luton..." A nemesis is something that you cannot defeat, conquer or overcome. I would suggest therefore that Ash is Luton's nemesis. Fat Harry
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2:10pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Robert Davro says...

If you can't make to to Northampton, get yourself down to Tadcaster Albion. Up the City.
If you can't make to to Northampton, get yourself down to Tadcaster Albion. Up the City. Robert Davro
  • Score: 1

3:00pm Fri 10 Jan 14

dbrs88 says...

Surely "whipping boys" is a better term for Luton.

Good to see NW not afraid to offload players which haven't quite worked out.
Surely "whipping boys" is a better term for Luton. Good to see NW not afraid to offload players which haven't quite worked out. dbrs88
  • Score: 7

3:17pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Tug job says...

Poor journalism, once again, a "nemesis" is the agent of one's downfall. Non league Luton Town were our rivals, certainly, but, based on the BSP and FA Trophy results between the two clubs, it is us who were their nemesis.

It's very cold and icey over here so I am hoping another three points tomorrow will help to warm me up! COYR
Poor journalism, once again, a "nemesis" is the agent of one's downfall. Non league Luton Town were our rivals, certainly, but, based on the BSP and FA Trophy results between the two clubs, it is us who were their nemesis. It's very cold and icey over here so I am hoping another three points tomorrow will help to warm me up! COYR Tug job
  • Score: 6

3:21pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Peppa07 says...

Chambers has been a fine servant of the club with some vital goals and like many others I wish him well. If he ever returns to play against City he'll get a great welcome.
Chambers has been a fine servant of the club with some vital goals and like many others I wish him well. If he ever returns to play against City he'll get a great welcome. Peppa07
  • Score: 12

4:07pm Fri 10 Jan 14

yorko66 says...

I hope we would hold onto Tom Allen hes young and a good younster he will develop into a good player. Look at Stockdale and Webster let go too early and have gone onto bigger and better things. The wage young Tom will be on is negligable in the big picture surely we can afford to keep him
I hope we would hold onto Tom Allen hes young and a good younster he will develop into a good player. Look at Stockdale and Webster let go too early and have gone onto bigger and better things. The wage young Tom will be on is negligable in the big picture surely we can afford to keep him yorko66
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5:01pm Fri 10 Jan 14

City4Ever says...

I totally agree with yorko66, we need to keep and nurture the young talent we have at the club - not let them drift away. Tom Allen and Tom Platt have bright futures ahead of them, and in the short term we need them to develop at York City NOT elsewhere to ensure we don't miss out on future big transfer fees as we have in the past.
I totally agree with yorko66, we need to keep and nurture the young talent we have at the club - not let them drift away. Tom Allen and Tom Platt have bright futures ahead of them, and in the short term we need them to develop at York City NOT elsewhere to ensure we don't miss out on future big transfer fees as we have in the past. City4Ever
  • Score: 4

5:44pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Tug job says...

I'd keep Tom Allan. Not sure who this Allen bloke is and he isn't mentioned in the article either.
I'd keep Tom Allan. Not sure who this Allen bloke is and he isn't mentioned in the article either. Tug job
  • Score: 1

8:34pm Fri 10 Jan 14

OLD - HEAD says...

I would have thought that young Tom Allan could possibly become a decent left back, so sending him out on loan could be the best option. Having no reserve team prevents the fringe players from getting match practice, so its probably in their best interests to move on.
I would have thought that young Tom Allan could possibly become a decent left back, so sending him out on loan could be the best option. Having no reserve team prevents the fringe players from getting match practice, so its probably in their best interests to move on. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 2

8:48pm Fri 10 Jan 14

bill bailey says...

The hard facts are there are 25 players on the books around 10 don't get a game on a match day.not their falt but that's the rub, if anyone on here was running a business and 40% of your workforce didn't hit a stroke but got paid what would you do ?? Yes there has to be cover in the event of injuries but I can see 3 more that could go , I totally agree with city4ever we need to put more work in on Allen And Platt there is more to come from those two.We still need a keeper and an attacking midfielder. I still wish NW would give PURI a run, there is a lot in the lads locker if he was given the responsibility to run at defences from the midfield.
The hard facts are there are 25 players on the books around 10 don't get a game on a match day.not their falt but that's the rub, if anyone on here was running a business and 40% of your workforce didn't hit a stroke but got paid what would you do ?? Yes there has to be cover in the event of injuries but I can see 3 more that could go , I totally agree with city4ever we need to put more work in on Allen And Platt there is more to come from those two.We still need a keeper and an attacking midfielder. I still wish NW would give PURI a run, there is a lot in the lads locker if he was given the responsibility to run at defences from the midfield. bill bailey
  • Score: 13

10:29pm Fri 10 Jan 14

referee 1 says...

bill bailey wrote:
The hard facts are there are 25 players on the books around 10 don't get a game on a match day.not their falt but that's the rub, if anyone on here was running a business and 40% of your workforce didn't hit a stroke but got paid what would you do ?? Yes there has to be cover in the event of injuries but I can see 3 more that could go , I totally agree with city4ever we need to put more work in on Allen And Platt there is more to come from those two.We still need a keeper and an attacking midfielder. I still wish NW would give PURI a run, there is a lot in the lads locker if he was given the responsibility to run at defences from the midfield.
Agree with you Bill 100%,dont think we can really judge Puri not had long enough run in team due to his injury early doors. He did look to have a spark about him,regards Allen,Platt, youngsers still learning the game lets not loose assets we have natured to another club yet lets work on their abilitys first then judge,i think its fair to say the young lads have been thrown in when not really ready fully in development and have tried and done their best.
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: The hard facts are there are 25 players on the books around 10 don't get a game on a match day.not their falt but that's the rub, if anyone on here was running a business and 40% of your workforce didn't hit a stroke but got paid what would you do ?? Yes there has to be cover in the event of injuries but I can see 3 more that could go , I totally agree with city4ever we need to put more work in on Allen And Platt there is more to come from those two.We still need a keeper and an attacking midfielder. I still wish NW would give PURI a run, there is a lot in the lads locker if he was given the responsibility to run at defences from the midfield.[/p][/quote]Agree with you Bill 100%,dont think we can really judge Puri not had long enough run in team due to his injury early doors. He did look to have a spark about him,regards Allen,Platt, youngsers still learning the game lets not loose assets we have natured to another club yet lets work on their abilitys first then judge,i think its fair to say the young lads have been thrown in when not really ready fully in development and have tried and done their best. referee 1
  • Score: 5

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