David McGurk’s run of games is big fillip for York City boss

York Press: Defender David McGurk, centre, who is enjoying an injury-free spell Defender David McGurk, centre, who is enjoying an injury-free spell

YORK City manager Nigel Worthington has welcomed a ten-match uninterrupted run of games for stalwart defender David McGurk.

The 31-year-old centre back has not managed double figures in terms of successive starts since September 2011 but reached the landmark with another 90 minutes during Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Bristol Rovers.

Knee, calf, throat and hamstring problems have previously limited McGurk’s regular participation in the City side but he has been a permanent fixture now for two months since coming on as a 14th-minute substitute for the unfortunate Dan Parslow after he suffered cruciate ligament damage at Southend.

Two-time Press Player of the Year winner McGurk has now played 331 matches for the Minstermen, which places him just seven behind 15th-placed George Howe in the club’s all-time appearances list.

On being able to call on McGurk’s services since mid-November, Worthington said: “It’s good to have players fit and that’s held Dave back every so often but he’s had a little run of games now and is going quite nicely.“He’s been solid and done things simple. We have competition for places in that position now with John McCombe and Keith Lowe coming in and that keeps everybody on their toes.”

With Saturday’s trip to Hartlepool being followed by a midweek home match with Chesterfield and a visit to the Spireites’ fellow promotion hopefuls Fleetwood four days later, the City boss will also be looking for any signs of fatigue in any of his players with squad rotation a potential option.

Worthington added: “Everybody has got to keep performing and it’s a squad game.

“Sometimes, you have to leave an individual out and, with three games in seven days next week, some people might get a rest and others get a game to freshen things up.”

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12:35pm Thu 23 Jan 14

rawcliffeyorkieboy says...

NW quote "We have competition for places in that position now with John McCombe and Keith Lowe coming in and that keeps everybody on their toes.” Think the lack of Smithy's name suggests his days are numbered. I really rate Mcgurk as think he is one of the best readers of the game to get in the right position at the right time.
NW quote "We have competition for places in that position now with John McCombe and Keith Lowe coming in and that keeps everybody on their toes.” Think the lack of Smithy's name suggests his days are numbered. I really rate Mcgurk as think he is one of the best readers of the game to get in the right position at the right time. rawcliffeyorkieboy

12:37pm Thu 23 Jan 14

PeteCliffe says...

Best defender at the club. It is no coincidence that City's best run of the season comes when TY has a sustained run in the team. Though I do fear NW won't be happy until he has replaced all the players at the club with his own signings - just my point of view.
Best defender at the club. It is no coincidence that City's best run of the season comes when TY has a sustained run in the team. Though I do fear NW won't be happy until he has replaced all the players at the club with his own signings - just my point of view. PeteCliffe

3:31pm Thu 23 Jan 14

sr-ycfc says...

So what are you saying is that, based on Manchester United's current League position in the table, we do not have one of the best 6 teams in the country?

And there was me thinking, we were dead certs for European football next season. Not much point in going to Hartlepool now...
So what are you saying is that, based on Manchester United's current League position in the table, we do not have one of the best 6 teams in the country? And there was me thinking, we were dead certs for European football next season. Not much point in going to Hartlepool now... sr-ycfc

10:14pm Thu 23 Jan 14

haxbyreds says...

Looking back over the years,when mcgurk has been fit and played York have always gone on good runs,also if you look back the only 3 players that has survived through all the different managers are mcgurk Parslow and ingham,for me mcgurk is top one centre back at the club and def deserves a new contract,not seen mccombe play but if better than him he will be a top player?worthington took a gamble on giving mcgurk a contract last season after all his injuries but hopefully over them
Looking back over the years,when mcgurk has been fit and played York have always gone on good runs,also if you look back the only 3 players that has survived through all the different managers are mcgurk Parslow and ingham,for me mcgurk is top one centre back at the club and def deserves a new contract,not seen mccombe play but if better than him he will be a top player?worthington took a gamble on giving mcgurk a contract last season after all his injuries but hopefully over them haxbyreds

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