David McGurk’s exit from York City may not be permanent

David McGurk is all smiles as he receives the salute of his Minstermen team-mates after scoring at Wycombe earlier this season

David McGurk is all smiles as he receives the salute of his Minstermen team-mates after scoring at Wycombe earlier this season

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

YORK City boss Nigel Worthington would have no reservations about selecting David McGurk if required despite the long-serving defender's decision to retire at the end of the current campaign.

McGurk's injury problems have persuaded him to make a switch to part-time football from next season but Worthington insisted the 31-year-old centre-back has not necessarily played his final game for the club.

The two-time Press Player of the Year made his last of 333 appearances for the club during January's 2-0 home defeat to Chesterfield.

He was sidelined with a back spasm for a fortnight after that match and, in his absence, Keith Lowe and John McCombe forged a watertight partnership that has seen them yet to concede a goal in open play during 15 games at the heart of City's defence.

Despite almost three months of activity, McGurk has still managed 25 outings this term and Worthington said: "I would have no hesitation in calling on him if the situation demanded. He has all the experience, ability and quality that you look for.

"It would probably be a lovely thing for him to be involved in, after the period of time he's been involved at the club and he has played his part this season.

"If that's not always been on the pitch, then off it he's been professional by keeping a healthy attitude and supporting everybody else."

Worthington also revealed that his decision to recruit McCombe on a two-and-a-half year deal during the January transfer window was no reflection on McGurk's ability or performances, but motivated by the player's ongoing fitness battles.

"TY did very well with Keith but not knowing exactly where we were with him due to the injury situation wasn't always a good thing for myself as a manager," the City chief explained. "That wasn't down to him, but just his body becoming a bit unreliable, so it was important we signed John McCombe for competition and he eventually got in the team."

Worthington added that McGurk had been a model professional at Bootham Crescent and would not rule out the possibility of him returning to the fold in a training ground capacity at a future date.

On McGurk's commitment to the City cause, Worthington said: "If you look at the injuries, Dave has had a career and a half really, but he kept bouncing back, which is credit to him.

"That shows how much he has wanted to play and, in the period of time I have been here and called on him, he has never let us down and has been fantastic around the club.

"For a manager, you can never have enough players like that around. I understand he is looking at bits and bobs in coaching and we will keep an eye on that but, whatever he decides to do next, we wish him all the best.

"Let's hope that, between us, we have another five games to make something happen."

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1:10pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Daley Mayall says...

So what are you going to tell us about Dave McGurk? Can't spot anything in this report!
So what are you going to tell us about Dave McGurk? Can't spot anything in this report! Daley Mayall
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1:30pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Tug job says...

Daley Mayall wrote:
So what are you going to tell us about Dave McGurk? Can't spot anything in this report!
Yes, this will be the Press squeezing several stories out of one interview, as usual; it has declined steadily over the past few years and it appears that it is only Lendal Bridge and the cyclist v motorist argument that keeps them going!
[quote][p][bold]Daley Mayall[/bold] wrote: So what are you going to tell us about Dave McGurk? Can't spot anything in this report![/p][/quote]Yes, this will be the Press squeezing several stories out of one interview, as usual; it has declined steadily over the past few years and it appears that it is only Lendal Bridge and the cyclist v motorist argument that keeps them going! Tug job
  • Score: 6

2:08pm Fri 25 Apr 14

bill bailey says...

Tug job wrote:
Daley Mayall wrote:
So what are you going to tell us about Dave McGurk? Can't spot anything in this report!
Yes, this will be the Press squeezing several stories out of one interview, as usual; it has declined steadily over the past few years and it appears that it is only Lendal Bridge and the cyclist v motorist argument that keeps them going!
I agree with you TUG, its about time The Press put their hat in the ring and supported the New Stadium and the size the majority want minimum 8k to 10k
and not wait until the council deem fit to make a statement, We buy the papers and also pay the councillors their "Back pocket money". They are full of their own importance and if they don't get right their nice little earner will go up the swannie river at the next local elections.
[quote][p][bold]Tug job[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Daley Mayall[/bold] wrote: So what are you going to tell us about Dave McGurk? Can't spot anything in this report![/p][/quote]Yes, this will be the Press squeezing several stories out of one interview, as usual; it has declined steadily over the past few years and it appears that it is only Lendal Bridge and the cyclist v motorist argument that keeps them going![/p][/quote]I agree with you TUG, its about time The Press put their hat in the ring and supported the New Stadium and the size the majority want minimum 8k to 10k and not wait until the council deem fit to make a statement, We buy the papers and also pay the councillors their "Back pocket money". They are full of their own importance and if they don't get right their nice little earner will go up the swannie river at the next local elections. bill bailey
  • Score: 0

2:10pm Fri 25 Apr 14

chuckabuttie says...

As Ive said before - attention to detail means nothing to the Press. Hopeless.....
As Ive said before - attention to detail means nothing to the Press. Hopeless..... chuckabuttie
  • Score: 4

2:40pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Filofact! says...

Looks like Clifton Park will soon be up for sale...an ideal place for the new stadium.....if only...in my dreams...but fact .. still no stadium at Monks Cross !
Looks like Clifton Park will soon be up for sale...an ideal place for the new stadium..[.leave the rugby at Monks Cross and just build a 10,000 Seater stadium.]...if only...in my dreams...but fact .. still no stadium at Monks Cross ! Filofact!
  • Score: -3

3:22pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Filofact! says...

Oops, that should read Bootham Park
Oops, that should read Bootham Park [old Hospital due to close!?] Filofact!
  • Score: 1

6:00am Sat 26 Apr 14

You're Fired says...

Dave announced on Twitter earlier this week that he made the decision in February to go semi-pro at the end of the season. Why there hasn't been an article on one of the clubs recent longest serving players deciding to leave and no interview with a city legend either I'll never know! COYR
Dave announced on Twitter earlier this week that he made the decision in February to go semi-pro at the end of the season. Why there hasn't been an article on one of the clubs recent longest serving players deciding to leave and no interview with a city legend either I'll never know! COYR You're Fired
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