League One aim fires York City’s John McCombe

League One aim fires York City’s John McCombe

League One aim fires York City’s John McCombe

First published in Sport York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

YORK City’s new signing John McCombe still wants to prove himself as a League One defender.

The 28-year-old centre-back has spent the last seven seasons plying his trade in the Football League’s bottom tier despite being a member of promotion-winning teams at Hereford and Port Vale during that time.

On both occasions, McCombe moved to pastures new in the summer despite making 32 and 37 appearances respectively during Hereford and Vale’s successful 2007/8 and 2012/13 campaigns.

At the end of last season, he left Vale, where he still had a year left to run on his contract, after Mansfield offered him a two-year deal.

But, with his first team opportunities becoming limited with the Stags, he has agreed two-and-a-half year terms with the Minstermen and is now targeting a third promotion within that time-scale.

He said: “I am definitely here with a view to trying to play in League One with York City in the near future. I played at that level with my first club Huddersfield and it was a bit of a disappointment to leave both Hereford and Port Vale after getting promoted.

“I could have stayed at Port Vale for another year but I wanted to play more games.

“Mansfield came in to take me for a couple of years and I was looking forward to the challenge there but things did not work out.

“I was in and out of the side and the gaffer here enquired about me in November.

“I’ve been waiting to see what will happen since then and, as soon as I knew I would be made available in January, I jumped at the chance to come to York.”

Added McCombe: “I’ve perhaps had the toughest six months of my career so I just want to get back playing. I have been playing football a long time and love the game but I have not enjoyed it as much during the last six months.

“I have enjoyed my first few days training here, though, so hopefully I can kick on now, get in the team and play as many games as I can.”

But, despite being pursued by City boss Nigel Worthington for the best part of two months, McCombe is not expecting to become an immediate fixture in a side that has taken nine points from a possible nine.

Keith Lowe and David McGurk have forged a strong central-defensive partnership since mid-November and the likes of club captain Chris Smith and Tom Allan, as well as long-term injury casualty Dan Parslow, are all on the Bootham Crescent books too.

“I’ve been keeping my eye on York for the last month or two and the form is brilliant now,” McCombe added. “The defence have done really well and to win the last three games is brilliant.

“I know I might not be in team straight away and it will be a challenge because there are so many good players here.”

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1:30pm Wed 15 Jan 14

bierhoff says...

I'm impressed with this signing from NW an experienced promotion winning centre half is never a bad addition.

However I hope Nigel doesn't tinker with the current pair of Lowe and McGurk, they look to have a good understanding and it's important to try and keep McGurk in the team whilst fit he's a class act.
I'm impressed with this signing from NW an experienced promotion winning centre half is never a bad addition. However I hope Nigel doesn't tinker with the current pair of Lowe and McGurk, they look to have a good understanding and it's important to try and keep McGurk in the team whilst fit he's a class act. bierhoff
  • Score: 7

1:42pm Wed 15 Jan 14

tips says...

Sooner or later John McCombe will get his chance and like everyone else in the squad it will be up to him to keep his place in the team.
He has a great attitude as have the other additions NW has brought in .There is healthy competition for places and with another goalkeeper and possibly a fullback the squad will be complete.
Onward and upwards....COYR
Sooner or later John McCombe will get his chance and like everyone else in the squad it will be up to him to keep his place in the team. He has a great attitude as have the other additions NW has brought in .There is healthy competition for places and with another goalkeeper and possibly a fullback the squad will be complete. Onward and upwards....COYR tips
  • Score: 3

3:40pm Wed 15 Jan 14

T.R.M1974 says...

If we get the 3 points against Bristol on Saturday, it might be evident that things are starting to click in place and the rot that set in 12 months ago may be finaly on the way out. Hope it works out fo NW its been a massive overhaul COYR!
If we get the 3 points against Bristol on Saturday, it might be evident that things are starting to click in place and the rot that set in 12 months ago may be finaly on the way out. Hope it works out fo NW its been a massive overhaul COYR! T.R.M1974
  • Score: 3

3:54pm Wed 15 Jan 14

rogue84 says...

Got a feeling that from now until the end of April are going to be the last 3.5 months we will see David McGurk in a York shirt.
It looks like Lowe and McCombe will be looked at as our future pairing at centre-half, and i can't believe after all his injuries and now a return to fitness...TY will want to spend any further time warming the bench or sitting in the stands.
It will be a sad day, but, for me, it looks like the natural progression for the club in that particular position.
Got a feeling that from now until the end of April are going to be the last 3.5 months we will see David McGurk in a York shirt. It looks like Lowe and McCombe will be looked at as our future pairing at centre-half, and i can't believe after all his injuries and now a return to fitness...TY will want to spend any further time warming the bench or sitting in the stands. It will be a sad day, but, for me, it looks like the natural progression for the club in that particular position. rogue84
  • Score: -15

4:05pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Fergie says...

NW has signed leaders to the squad. Penn and McCombe both been captain at their various clubs. We should be very organised in midfield and at the back with them two in the team although McGurk and Lowe should continue at the back for the time being as they have done very well together. Very good transfer window so far, good luck to the new signings, be nice to say we are looking up instead of down from now on.
NW has signed leaders to the squad. Penn and McCombe both been captain at their various clubs. We should be very organised in midfield and at the back with them two in the team although McGurk and Lowe should continue at the back for the time being as they have done very well together. Very good transfer window so far, good luck to the new signings, be nice to say we are looking up instead of down from now on. Fergie
  • Score: 5

4:21pm Wed 15 Jan 14

johnno65 says...

Anyone know when the St Johns Ambulance trophy starts?
If someone could put the games, dates, times, home or away on here it would be much appreciated.
Thanks
Anyone know when the St Johns Ambulance trophy starts? If someone could put the games, dates, times, home or away on here it would be much appreciated. Thanks johnno65
  • Score: 0

4:32pm Wed 15 Jan 14

ian923 says...

Dave Flett has again managed to get 2articles out of 1! I think if TY stays fit and performs like he has recently that he is worth at least another year. Best central defender City has had for years . The squad is looking good with cover in all areas except goalkeeper at the moment. Although Ingham doesn't,t get injured often it could be disastrous if he got hurt in a game and an outfield player had to go between the sticks. Put the youth team keeper on the bench if we have no other keeper. It makes sense.
Dave Flett has again managed to get 2articles out of 1! I think if TY stays fit and performs like he has recently that he is worth at least another year. Best central defender City has had for years . The squad is looking good with cover in all areas except goalkeeper at the moment. Although Ingham doesn't,t get injured often it could be disastrous if he got hurt in a game and an outfield player had to go between the sticks. Put the youth team keeper on the bench if we have no other keeper. It makes sense. ian923
  • Score: 4

4:44pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Gary_Mills_Haircut says...

rogue84 wrote:
Got a feeling that from now until the end of April are going to be the last 3.5 months we will see David McGurk in a York shirt.
It looks like Lowe and McCombe will be looked at as our future pairing at centre-half, and i can't believe after all his injuries and now a return to fitness...TY will want to spend any further time warming the bench or sitting in the stands.
It will be a sad day, but, for me, it looks like the natural progression for the club in that particular position.
Not so sure about this Rogue - McGurk was our top man against Northampton on Saturday and if there's one thing that neither Lowe or McCombe have, it's pace. I think it's likely Lowe will be the one dropped to make way for McCombe.
[quote][p][bold]rogue84[/bold] wrote: Got a feeling that from now until the end of April are going to be the last 3.5 months we will see David McGurk in a York shirt. It looks like Lowe and McCombe will be looked at as our future pairing at centre-half, and i can't believe after all his injuries and now a return to fitness...TY will want to spend any further time warming the bench or sitting in the stands. It will be a sad day, but, for me, it looks like the natural progression for the club in that particular position.[/p][/quote]Not so sure about this Rogue - McGurk was our top man against Northampton on Saturday and if there's one thing that neither Lowe or McCombe have, it's pace. I think it's likely Lowe will be the one dropped to make way for McCombe. Gary_Mills_Haircut
  • Score: -1

5:51pm Wed 15 Jan 14

duffy says...

Should be an unchanged team on Saturday, he will get his chance when the inevitable next injury hits McGurk. I don't mean that as a dig at David but at his age its unlikely his body is going to get better.
Should be an unchanged team on Saturday, he will get his chance when the inevitable next injury hits McGurk. I don't mean that as a dig at David but at his age its unlikely his body is going to get better. duffy
  • Score: 0

4:39am Thu 16 Jan 14

Badger43 says...

Firstly while I think McCombe is a good signing he was not getting a game before he signed for York. TY has had a year of injuries true but he is still our best defender and is only early 30's after all I would be offering him another years contract now as I am sure other league 2 or 1 clubs would take him straight away
Firstly while I think McCombe is a good signing he was not getting a game before he signed for York. TY has had a year of injuries true but he is still our best defender and is only early 30's after all I would be offering him another years contract now as I am sure other league 2 or 1 clubs would take him straight away Badger43
  • Score: 1

11:48am Thu 16 Jan 14

bill bailey says...

rogue84 wrote:
Got a feeling that from now until the end of April are going to be the last 3.5 months we will see David McGurk in a York shirt.
It looks like Lowe and McCombe will be looked at as our future pairing at centre-half, and i can't believe after all his injuries and now a return to fitness...TY will want to spend any further time warming the bench or sitting in the stands.
It will be a sad day, but, for me, it looks like the natural progression for the club in that particular position.
There is logic in what you say , there are some on here that don't think that way.no good being sentimental , we have just signed players on 30 month contracts therefore NW must be thinking of alternatives, DM is a good player and an asset to the club but not if hes injured , hes nearing the end of his contract I think like you the coins in the air . my thoughts are he will be given plenty of game time over the rest of the season to see how he stands up then
if he stays fit the manager will give him a years rolling contract or even 2yrs contract that will line up with the others we'll then have a steadying of the ship
I realy think a lot of thought by the powers that be at the club have gone into the playing staff over the last couple of months or so to build a strong viable foundation that has been missing within the club for 6 years or so.
[quote][p][bold]rogue84[/bold] wrote: Got a feeling that from now until the end of April are going to be the last 3.5 months we will see David McGurk in a York shirt. It looks like Lowe and McCombe will be looked at as our future pairing at centre-half, and i can't believe after all his injuries and now a return to fitness...TY will want to spend any further time warming the bench or sitting in the stands. It will be a sad day, but, for me, it looks like the natural progression for the club in that particular position.[/p][/quote]There is logic in what you say , there are some on here that don't think that way.no good being sentimental , we have just signed players on 30 month contracts therefore NW must be thinking of alternatives, DM is a good player and an asset to the club but not if hes injured , hes nearing the end of his contract I think like you the coins in the air . my thoughts are he will be given plenty of game time over the rest of the season to see how he stands up then if he stays fit the manager will give him a years rolling contract or even 2yrs contract that will line up with the others we'll then have a steadying of the ship I realy think a lot of thought by the powers that be at the club have gone into the playing staff over the last couple of months or so to build a strong viable foundation that has been missing within the club for 6 years or so. bill bailey
  • Score: -2

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