Michael Ingham agrees new one-year deal at York City

York City keeper Michael Ingham

York City keeper Michael Ingham

Updated in Sport

MICHAEL Ingham has signed a new one-year contract at York City despite losing his place to on-loan shot-stopper Nick Pope this season.

The Minstermen will still attempt to recruit Charlton reserve Pope in the summer but manager Nigel Worthington has revealed that Ingham is prepared to carry on battling for a starting place at Bootham Crescent.

Ingham has watched City's last 16 matches from the bench after Pope was preferred to him following a 2-0 win at Northampton in January.

He also missed games earlier in the campaign with a nerve problem in his thigh when Pope and fellow loan signings Chris Kettings and Aaron McCarey all deputised, but Worthington is happy that the former Northern Ireland international has put pen to paper, saying: "Michael has agreed to sign a new deal.

"He is York through and through and I am pleased to have a player of his stature and quality on board and around the football club. He appreciates there is competition for places, accepts that is healthy and was very happy to sign the contract.

"His attitude around the club and on the training field has been excellent during the last few months and he's a big personality within the club, which you need around the place. He's working very hard on a daily basis and has got to be ready to take any opportunity when it comes along."

Even if Worthington is unable to bring Pope back next term, Ingham has not been given any assurances that he will be the Minstermen's first choice between the sticks.

"Michael is a very good goalkeeper and he's up for the fight," the City chief revealed. "Whether I bring in a keeper on loan or sign one, there will be another good keeper coming into the club as well.

"I have sat down with Michael to explain that and that decisions will be made on performances."

Pope is contracted to his South London parent club until 2016 but it is believed the Addicks could consider a season-long loan stay with City next term to be in everybody's interests.

Bootham Crescent boss Worthington would not be drawn on that prospect, adding: "We are only focussed on this season at the moment and will get through to the summer and discuss things then."

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2:36pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Justin7 says...

Good news all round. I know he's got a few supporters annoyed by seeming not to care since being dropped, but I think a lot of that is to do with his jokey nature.

He's certainly a very good keeper and I'm glad he'll be with us next season. However, I would sell my grandmother if we could somehow sign Pope from Charlton, even on a season loan next season.
Good news all round. I know he's got a few supporters annoyed by seeming not to care since being dropped, but I think a lot of that is to do with his jokey nature. He's certainly a very good keeper and I'm glad he'll be with us next season. However, I would sell my grandmother if we could somehow sign Pope from Charlton, even on a season loan next season. Justin7
  • Score: 14

2:51pm Tue 15 Apr 14

The Legend Of Keith says...

Very good keeper who will continue to fight for his place in the team. Should his focus and desire drop I am sure Worthington wouldn't tolerate it so this extension is a positive sign. Also brings some further stability and continuity to the team and club over the close season, when we all know the changes can be wide ranging and not guarantee success.
Very good keeper who will continue to fight for his place in the team. Should his focus and desire drop I am sure Worthington wouldn't tolerate it so this extension is a positive sign. Also brings some further stability and continuity to the team and club over the close season, when we all know the changes can be wide ranging and not guarantee success. The Legend Of Keith
  • Score: 8

3:02pm Tue 15 Apr 14

T.R.M1974 says...

Must be getting nose bleeds every week sat in the dug out, ive never seen him that far off his line!
Must be getting nose bleeds every week sat in the dug out, ive never seen him that far off his line! T.R.M1974
  • Score: 3

3:17pm Tue 15 Apr 14

You're Fired says...

It's not his line anymore it's Popeys.

On another note, . I'm sure the fact he has a smile on his face is in spite of him being on the bench rather than being because he is. No point feeling sorry for himself.

Glad to have him on board for another year.
It's not his line anymore it's Popeys. On another note, . I'm sure the fact he has a smile on his face is in spite of him being on the bench rather than being because he is. No point feeling sorry for himself. Glad to have him on board for another year. You're Fired
  • Score: 6

4:13pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Tug job says...

Good to have as a back up keeper for use in emergencies.
Good to have as a back up keeper for use in emergencies. Tug job
  • Score: 3

4:30pm Tue 15 Apr 14

ian923 says...

Pleasant surprise as I thought he would want to leave having not been selected to play. Pope is the target obviously for No 1keeper and Ingham will be bench warming again if we manage to sign Pope. Good to see his initial reaction to being dropped has mellowed. NW is no mug and if this hadn,t happened and his training work rate dropped he would have been on his way.
Pleasant surprise as I thought he would want to leave having not been selected to play. Pope is the target obviously for No 1keeper and Ingham will be bench warming again if we manage to sign Pope. Good to see his initial reaction to being dropped has mellowed. NW is no mug and if this hadn,t happened and his training work rate dropped he would have been on his way. ian923
  • Score: 7

4:58pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Phil, Leeds says...

This shows he's a big man in more than one sense. Good news.
This shows he's a big man in more than one sense. Good news. Phil, Leeds
  • Score: 22

5:52pm Tue 15 Apr 14

OLD - HEAD says...

Just about all of us were expecting Ingham to leave at the end of the season. Credit to him for wanting to stay. I am sure that we will see Michael Ingham back between the sticks again for York City.
Just about all of us were expecting Ingham to leave at the end of the season. Credit to him for wanting to stay. I am sure that we will see Michael Ingham back between the sticks again for York City. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 22

6:21pm Tue 15 Apr 14

North Lincs Minsterman says...

A very mature outcome from both sides and nothing but a positive result for the club. Ingham is still a very capable keeper and an assett to the squad. If he is used from th bench next season, many clubs (no matter which divison we are in) will be envious!
A very mature outcome from both sides and nothing but a positive result for the club. Ingham is still a very capable keeper and an assett to the squad. If he is used from th bench next season, many clubs (no matter which divison we are in) will be envious! North Lincs Minsterman
  • Score: 11

7:43pm Tue 15 Apr 14

the-e-man says...

Shows how far the club has come under the leadership of NW (with the backing of the Board) when we have a keeper of the quality of Michael Ingham on the bench. Now see how far we can go this season with what we have got then in the close season sort out the loan players and/or the positions they presently occupy and sign a good ball playing midfielder who can pull the strings. Who knows how far we can go next season. Things look good.
Shows how far the club has come under the leadership of NW (with the backing of the Board) when we have a keeper of the quality of Michael Ingham on the bench. Now see how far we can go this season with what we have got then in the close season sort out the loan players and/or the positions they presently occupy and sign a good ball playing midfielder who can pull the strings. Who knows how far we can go next season. Things look good. the-e-man
  • Score: 9

7:57pm Tue 15 Apr 14

T.R.M1974 says...

If TY does not mind playing second fiddle to Keith and big John he may sign an extention to
If TY does not mind playing second fiddle to Keith and big John he may sign an extention to T.R.M1974
  • Score: 4

8:07pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Yorkieroy60 says...

I remember one match this season when Michael Ingham was doing his half time workout and running the width of the pitch and he called a ballboy over to join him in his run then another joined him then another...then another...then another...then another...then another...Priceless!
I remember one match this season when Michael Ingham was doing his half time workout and running the width of the pitch and he called a ballboy over to join him in his run then another joined him then another...then another...then another...then another...then another...Priceless! Yorkieroy60
  • Score: 13

10:40pm Tue 15 Apr 14

valduggan says...

Great News. He's been a great servant to York City & very loyal over that the last 5 years when he could have played @ a higher level. Pope is a great prospect, but would be very surprised if he's still with us next season. Great News all round.

Val Duggan
Great News. He's been a great servant to York City & very loyal over that the last 5 years when he could have played @ a higher level. Pope is a great prospect, but would be very surprised if he's still with us next season. Great News all round. Val Duggan valduggan
  • Score: 4

10:03am Wed 16 Apr 14

JamesHinch says...

Bad result for Charlton last night. It may be that they have to shed some players if they go down so Popey may be surplus.
Glad that MI is staying. Hopefully Coulo and Banjo next.
Bad result for Charlton last night. It may be that they have to shed some players if they go down so Popey may be surplus. Glad that MI is staying. Hopefully Coulo and Banjo next. JamesHinch
  • Score: 6

12:20pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Peppa07 says...

Ingham has been a great asset to York over five years and his response here is very encouraging. We don't know what will happen with Pope but his staying would be great news as he's a fine keeper and a great prospect.
Ingham has been a great asset to York over five years and his response here is very encouraging. We don't know what will happen with Pope but his staying would be great news as he's a fine keeper and a great prospect. Peppa07
  • Score: 5

3:37pm Wed 16 Apr 14

yorkandproud says...

If Pope is third choice at Charlton, yet they are in with a chance of relegation to Div 1, they can't think that highly of him. We must have a chance of his signature. He might think City is a stepping stone to better things. Funny creatures keepers. Only got to look at Stockdale, and what happened to him.
If Pope is third choice at Charlton, yet they are in with a chance of relegation to Div 1, they can't think that highly of him. We must have a chance of his signature. He might think City is a stepping stone to better things. Funny creatures keepers. Only got to look at Stockdale, and what happened to him. yorkandproud
  • Score: 1

4:17pm Wed 16 Apr 14

EddieDL says...

Great to see Ingham sign a new deal. Would be great to see Pope back but I fear he's destined for bigger things.

Any news on Coulson, Oyebanjo? Rumours are T.Y won't be playing after this year. Not sure who else is out of contract but I'd keep Allen and Platt let them progress.
Great to see Ingham sign a new deal. Would be great to see Pope back but I fear he's destined for bigger things. Any news on Coulson, Oyebanjo? Rumours are T.Y won't be playing after this year. Not sure who else is out of contract but I'd keep Allen and Platt let them progress. EddieDL
  • Score: -3

4:26pm Wed 16 Apr 14

arsene.about.york says...

So, has Michael Ingham given up on his ambition to play for Northern Ireland again ? Because he certainly isn't going to get himself picked by warming our bench every week. As for Valduggan's idea that he could have played at a higher level, where is your evidence ? Which higher league teams came in for him ?
So, has Michael Ingham given up on his ambition to play for Northern Ireland again ? Because he certainly isn't going to get himself picked by warming our bench every week. As for Valduggan's idea that he could have played at a higher level, where is your evidence ? Which higher league teams came in for him ? arsene.about.york
  • Score: -13

9:40pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Tug job says...

yorkandproud wrote:
If Pope is third choice at Charlton, yet they are in with a chance of relegation to Div 1, they can't think that highly of him. We must have a chance of his signature. He might think City is a stepping stone to better things. Funny creatures keepers. Only got to look at Stockdale, and what happened to him.
Yes, he got released by City!
[quote][p][bold]yorkandproud[/bold] wrote: If Pope is third choice at Charlton, yet they are in with a chance of relegation to Div 1, they can't think that highly of him. We must have a chance of his signature. He might think City is a stepping stone to better things. Funny creatures keepers. Only got to look at Stockdale, and what happened to him.[/p][/quote]Yes, he got released by City! Tug job
  • Score: 1

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