York City sign defender John McCombe

York City sign defender John McCombe

York City sign defender John McCombe

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YORK City have swooped to pick up free agent John McCombe.

The 28-year-old centre half, who was recently released by the Minstermen's Sky Bet League Two rivals Mansfield, has signed at Bootham Crescent on a two-and-a-half year deal.

West Yorkshire-born McCombe joined the Stags on a free transfer from Port Vale in the summer, where he had made 206 appearances, scoring 16 goals.

But the 6ft 2in player, who has also had spells at Huddersfield and Hereford, has found opportunities hard to come by this season - restricted to just seven matches, the last of which was in Mansfield's 3-0 League Two defeat at Rochdale on Boxing Day.

The capture further strengthens City's backline after Keith Lowe signed a two-and-a-half year deal with York following a loan move from Cheltenham and after injury to Daniel Parslow and Chris Smith.

McCombe also gives York a goalscoring threat from set-pieces with 19 career goals, two of which came this season in the Stags' home loss to Accrington.

Manager Nigel Worthington said: "The chairman and myself have worked hard over the last month or so to try and bring John into the football club.

"We had to wait until the start of January to see where things were at Mansfield and we're absolutely thrilled to have John come and join us.

"He's an experienced player at League Two level, has played a wealth of games and has captained Port Vale during their promotion season.

"To have that within a group I've got great faith in already is very very valuable. Hopefully he can come here and do really well, not only for himself but for the football club as well." 

McCombe added: "I'm really excited. Obviously I'm glad to get it all done after working hard on it for the past week or so. I'm glad to be here and will be glad to be back playing football again.

"I'm someone who gives one hundred percent which hopefully the fans will appreciate. I'm just a good defender and hopefully a good leader too."

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9:19am Sun 12 Jan 14

openallhours says...

"I'm just a good defender and hopefully a good leader too" - how's that for confidence! Should be a good signing and will act as valuable cover for McGurk and Lowe. Welcome to City.
"I'm just a good defender and hopefully a good leader too" - how's that for confidence! Should be a good signing and will act as valuable cover for McGurk and Lowe. Welcome to City. openallhours
  • Score: 7

9:35am Sun 12 Jan 14

dadster says...

Another good signing. Not sure why Mansfield let him go but when he played against us for Port Vale at BC last season he was excellent. A proper no-nonsense defender who will bring huge experience at league level. Also good to see another longer contract which shows commitment from both parties. For me we are really starting to progress both in results and squad quality.

Jan was always going to be crucial for us in both these respects and so far so good.

Well done again to NW and the board.
Another good signing. Not sure why Mansfield let him go but when he played against us for Port Vale at BC last season he was excellent. A proper no-nonsense defender who will bring huge experience at league level. Also good to see another longer contract which shows commitment from both parties. For me we are really starting to progress both in results and squad quality. Jan was always going to be crucial for us in both these respects and so far so good. Well done again to NW and the board. dadster
  • Score: 14

10:16am Sun 12 Jan 14

duffy says...

openallhours wrote:
"I'm just a good defender and hopefully a good leader too" - how's that for confidence! Should be a good signing and will act as valuable cover for McGurk and Lowe. Welcome to City.
I think given the length of the contract he will be seen as a first choice player. Captain in the past and described by fans of former clubs as no nonsence and good in the air, just what we have needed for years. No pace by all accounts but I can live with that.
[quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: "I'm just a good defender and hopefully a good leader too" - how's that for confidence! Should be a good signing and will act as valuable cover for McGurk and Lowe. Welcome to City.[/p][/quote]I think given the length of the contract he will be seen as a first choice player. Captain in the past and described by fans of former clubs as no nonsence and good in the air, just what we have needed for years. No pace by all accounts but I can live with that. duffy
  • Score: 1

10:22am Sun 12 Jan 14

ADAMCUTHBERT says...

The jigsaws coming together! Another astute signing!

COYR
The jigsaws coming together! Another astute signing! COYR ADAMCUTHBERT
  • Score: 6

11:45am Sun 12 Jan 14

yorkiemike says...

A big strong lad,good in the air and can score goals.Just what we need and competition for places.Well done to NW and JM
A big strong lad,good in the air and can score goals.Just what we need and competition for places.Well done to NW and JM yorkiemike
  • Score: 5

11:57am Sun 12 Jan 14

23rdApril1966 says...

The third 2.5 yr contract offered out in a week. Seems like we have learnt from the last 30 months that 6 months'ism is not the answer. Credit to the Board and Manager.
The third 2.5 yr contract offered out in a week. Seems like we have learnt from the last 30 months that 6 months'ism is not the answer. Credit to the Board and Manager. 23rdApril1966
  • Score: 9

1:27pm Sun 12 Jan 14

limbert says...

Hope "no nonsense" doesn't mean red card every few games, we can't afford it, especially at centre back.
"Controlled Aggression" may be better.
Hope "no nonsense" doesn't mean red card every few games, we can't afford it, especially at centre back. "Controlled Aggression" may be better. limbert
  • Score: -7

1:29pm Sun 12 Jan 14

OLD - HEAD says...

Another six foot plus experienced defender, who will enhance our squad. Perhaps Jamal Fyefield will now go to Grimsby Town, as they are rumoured to be interested in him. A Goalkeeper would just about complete our squad, for the time being. Although with Jarvis and his niggling hamstring injury, another tall Striker wouldnt go amiss.
Another six foot plus experienced defender, who will enhance our squad. Perhaps Jamal Fyefield will now go to Grimsby Town, as they are rumoured to be interested in him. A Goalkeeper would just about complete our squad, for the time being. Although with Jarvis and his niggling hamstring injury, another tall Striker wouldnt go amiss. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 6

1:46pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Boyer for England says...

What contract is Fletcher on ?
What contract is Fletcher on ? Boyer for England
  • Score: 0

1:47pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Boyer for England says...

How long has Fletcher left on contract ?
How long has Fletcher left on contract ? Boyer for England
  • Score: -2

2:07pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Realistic ycfc says...

Boyer for England wrote:
How long has Fletcher left on contract ?
18 months left on a rumoured 80k per week
[quote][p][bold]Boyer for England[/bold] wrote: How long has Fletcher left on contract ?[/p][/quote]18 months left on a rumoured 80k per week Realistic ycfc
  • Score: -13

2:39pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Southern Exile says...

That will be Smithy on his way out I reckon....
That will be Smithy on his way out I reckon.... Southern Exile
  • Score: 12

3:23pm Sun 12 Jan 14

arsene.about.york says...

Southern Exile wrote:
That will be Smithy on his way out I reckon....
Smith would probably already be at Gateshead if he were not injured, we will probably be stuck with him now until the end of the season. On recent results though, I have to say that after being at Accrington on Boxing Day I thought it was time for Worthington to go. However, I am now both relieved and very pleased to see the squad being strengthened in this way. The recruitment of Lowe, Penn and now McCombe seems to give us a good solid base to build on for the future and with the promise that Reed shows we have four very good additions here. It must also give an air of certainty having players on two and a half year contracts instead of having half a team of loanees. So, in the space of two weeks we have gone from relegation fodder to being a decent team. Well done Nigel and the board, the only way is up COME ON CITY
[quote][p][bold]Southern Exile[/bold] wrote: That will be Smithy on his way out I reckon....[/p][/quote]Smith would probably already be at Gateshead if he were not injured, we will probably be stuck with him now until the end of the season. On recent results though, I have to say that after being at Accrington on Boxing Day I thought it was time for Worthington to go. However, I am now both relieved and very pleased to see the squad being strengthened in this way. The recruitment of Lowe, Penn and now McCombe seems to give us a good solid base to build on for the future and with the promise that Reed shows we have four very good additions here. It must also give an air of certainty having players on two and a half year contracts instead of having half a team of loanees. So, in the space of two weeks we have gone from relegation fodder to being a decent team. Well done Nigel and the board, the only way is up COME ON CITY arsene.about.york
  • Score: 7

4:04pm Sun 12 Jan 14

15ronaldo says...

Boyer for England wrote:
How long has Fletcher left on contract ?
He still has 18 months still on his contract left to run
[quote][p][bold]Boyer for England[/bold] wrote: How long has Fletcher left on contract ?[/p][/quote]He still has 18 months still on his contract left to run 15ronaldo
  • Score: 4

6:02pm Sun 12 Jan 14

referee 1 says...

Team getting good spine and competition for places in most departments with a strong bench if needed.Just fullback positions I would be worried about for future has Davies not our player and Banj if injured or suspended cover although Carson can do job there if needed and just cover for Ingham who I hope gets another contract has on is day and head straight is has good has any one at this level.
Team getting good spine and competition for places in most departments with a strong bench if needed.Just fullback positions I would be worried about for future has Davies not our player and Banj if injured or suspended cover although Carson can do job there if needed and just cover for Ingham who I hope gets another contract has on is day and head straight is has good has any one at this level. referee 1
  • Score: 1

6:50pm Sun 12 Jan 14

duffy says...

YorkCity1990 wrote:
www.ycfconline.clanz

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Red and blue is back up and running.
[quote][p][bold]YorkCity1990[/bold] wrote: www.ycfconline.clanz .co[/p][/quote]Red and blue is back up and running. duffy
  • Score: 2

11:29pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Peppa07 says...

dadster wrote:
Another good signing. Not sure why Mansfield let him go but when he played against us for Port Vale at BC last season he was excellent. A proper no-nonsense defender who will bring huge experience at league level. Also good to see another longer contract which shows commitment from both parties. For me we are really starting to progress both in results and squad quality.

Jan was always going to be crucial for us in both these respects and so far so good.

Well done again to NW and the board.
I'm always impressed by York fans who can recall the performances of individuals who play against us - though I admit it occasionally happens, even for me! All I remember about Port Vale last year was thinking they were the only team I saw who genuinely outplayed us AND looked a good side! Anyway, glad to get some central defence cover.
[quote][p][bold]dadster[/bold] wrote: Another good signing. Not sure why Mansfield let him go but when he played against us for Port Vale at BC last season he was excellent. A proper no-nonsense defender who will bring huge experience at league level. Also good to see another longer contract which shows commitment from both parties. For me we are really starting to progress both in results and squad quality. Jan was always going to be crucial for us in both these respects and so far so good. Well done again to NW and the board.[/p][/quote]I'm always impressed by York fans who can recall the performances of individuals who play against us - though I admit it occasionally happens, even for me! All I remember about Port Vale last year was thinking they were the only team I saw who genuinely outplayed us AND looked a good side! Anyway, glad to get some central defence cover. Peppa07
  • Score: 3

8:19am Mon 13 Jan 14

Southern Exile says...

Mansfield's reasoning is freeing up budget to strengthen their forward line, which has some credibility... however it's a worry that there may be some injury issues, he had knee ligaments issues in the past, fingers crossed that is all history and this is purely down to regular starts being more important for him...
Mansfield's reasoning is freeing up budget to strengthen their forward line, which has some credibility... however it's a worry that there may be some injury issues, he had knee ligaments issues in the past, fingers crossed that is all history and this is purely down to regular starts being more important for him... Southern Exile
  • Score: 3

8:58am Mon 13 Jan 14

born&breed says...

All very positive - up to now a great January both on and off the pitch. We have to remember the Board brought in a manager who had only managed in the Premiership/Champion
ship and internationally - it takes time to find ones feet. The players he inherited, and offer contracts to last year (those who performed so well in those last few game for Nigel) have been examined - many have proved to be 'not up to the cause'. Nigel brought in loan players to bridge the gap/void - he has now located players he believes will take the Club forward. Jason McGill and the Board have supported the managers needs, provided the funds and the certainly get my thanks. It would be great to be mid-table and safe by end of February or knocking the play-offs. I think a squad is being assembled not only to cement our place in this league but to push on next year. I have a really good feeling.
All very positive - up to now a great January both on and off the pitch. We have to remember the Board brought in a manager who had only managed in the Premiership/Champion ship and internationally - it takes time to find ones feet. The players he inherited, and offer contracts to last year (those who performed so well in those last few game for Nigel) have been examined - many have proved to be 'not up to the cause'. Nigel brought in loan players to bridge the gap/void - he has now located players he believes will take the Club forward. Jason McGill and the Board have supported the managers needs, provided the funds and the certainly get my thanks. It would be great to be mid-table and safe by end of February or knocking the play-offs. I think a squad is being assembled not only to cement our place in this league but to push on next year. I have a really good feeling. born&breed
  • Score: 13

9:47am Mon 13 Jan 14

Fat Harry says...

Feel more positive about York City than I have for a year.

COYR
Feel more positive about York City than I have for a year. COYR Fat Harry
  • Score: 6

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