York City boss Nigel Worthington keeping tabs on loan star Ben Davies

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BEN Davies is the loan player that York City boss Nigel Worthington would most like to lure back to Bootham Crescent next season.

With a move for Charlton shot-stopper Nick Pope already ruled out following his return to the Valley, Worthington has made it clear that he is interested in securing Davies' services for 2014/15.

The 18-year-old full back made more appearances - 47 - than any other City player last term following his arrival on a season-long loan from Preston in the summer.

At Deepdale, meanwhile, fellow left-backs Scott Laird and David Buchanan still have 12 months left to run on their respective contracts, which could again limit Davies' first-team opportunities with the Lillywhites.

Offering his thoughts on making another approach for Davies, Worthington said: "From the loan players, he would be top of the list in terms of who I would like to bring back. Ben grew as a player all the way through the season and finished it very strongly having played most of the games."

Wingers Ryan Brobbel and Will Hayhurst have also returned to their respective parent clubs Middlesbrough and Preston, meaning Worthington is likely to look at alternative options in those wide positions now.

He is not ruling out returns to North Yorkshire for either player, though, depending on the make-up of his squad come July.

Brobbel missed Friday's Sky Bet League Two semi-final, second leg tie at Fleetwood due to a sore hamstring, while Hayhurst played 90 minutes before being replaced when teenage defender Tom Allan was thrown upfield as a makeshift striker.

The City chief added: "They are going back to their contracted clubs and it will really be a case of getting to pre-season and seeing where we are squad wise and what the other clubs' plans are for those lads. We will need to get summer out of the way first, then get everybody back in and see what we need.

"I felt we could have got more from Brobbs. He didn't quite get to the level he should be doing and I've said that to him but he knows what he has to do.

"Will Hayhurst brought quality at set-pieces and worked well down the left with Ben, so he did quite well."

Sheffield United have also released former City loanee Elliott Whitehouse with Worthington suggesting that the 20-year-old midfielder fell into a similar bracket as Brobbel and Hayhurst.

"After a holiday, I will sit down with the chairman and Steve (Torpey) and we will have a greater idea by then which individuals we will need," he said.

In total, Worthington made nine loan signings - Brobbel, Davies, Hayhurst, Pope, Whitehouse, Chris Kettings, Keith Lowe, Aaron McCarey, Luke O'Neill and George Taft - last season and could look to utilise that element to the transfer market again in 2014/15.

"You have got to use it where you can," he argued. "It can be a way of enlarging your squad through the season, without adding to the number of players on the books."

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9:42am Tue 20 May 14

dbrs88 says...

I'd be looking to bring back Davies, O'Neill and Hayhurst. Bobbell a bit too lightweight in my opinion, Taft, Kettings, Whitehouse not good enough and didnt see McCarey play.

Already excited to see who we are gunna bring on a permanent basis, a few rumours flying about already.
I'd be looking to bring back Davies, O'Neill and Hayhurst. Bobbell a bit too lightweight in my opinion, Taft, Kettings, Whitehouse not good enough and didnt see McCarey play. Already excited to see who we are gunna bring on a permanent basis, a few rumours flying about already. dbrs88
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10:31am Tue 20 May 14

Southern Exile says...

dbrs88 wrote:
I'd be looking to bring back Davies, O'Neill and Hayhurst. Bobbell a bit too lightweight in my opinion, Taft, Kettings, Whitehouse not good enough and didnt see McCarey play.

Already excited to see who we are gunna bring on a permanent basis, a few rumours flying about already.
Davies definitely and O'Neill I agree with, Hayhurst... not sure, think there will be better options out there tbh.
[quote][p][bold]dbrs88[/bold] wrote: I'd be looking to bring back Davies, O'Neill and Hayhurst. Bobbell a bit too lightweight in my opinion, Taft, Kettings, Whitehouse not good enough and didnt see McCarey play. Already excited to see who we are gunna bring on a permanent basis, a few rumours flying about already.[/p][/quote]Davies definitely and O'Neill I agree with, Hayhurst... not sure, think there will be better options out there tbh. Southern Exile
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12:08pm Tue 20 May 14

chuckabuttie says...

Agree with Southern Exile. Good mix of pre season friendlies btw. Makes me shudder to remember some of the games played pre-Conference seasons.
Looking forward to being back in blighty in August and seeing a strengthened City. Someone mentioned two Bristol Rovers players yesterday. Midfielder O'Toole would be interesting. Scores plenty and puts himself about. Keeper Mildenhall? Not sure. Anyways - roll on 2014-15
Agree with Southern Exile. Good mix of pre season friendlies btw. Makes me shudder to remember some of the games played pre-Conference seasons. Looking forward to being back in blighty in August and seeing a strengthened City. Someone mentioned two Bristol Rovers players yesterday. Midfielder O'Toole would be interesting. Scores plenty and puts himself about. Keeper Mildenhall? Not sure. Anyways - roll on 2014-15 chuckabuttie
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12:42pm Tue 20 May 14

andy fowler says...

Why can't we buy???? Always loans
Why can't we buy???? Always loans andy fowler
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4:08pm Tue 20 May 14

T.R.M1974 says...

Ben Davies became a man over the course of the season he improved so much with mcombe guiding him. I think he is also a better all round full back than Meredith was when he left us, I hope he comes back next season he made some good friends at the club lets hope they can twist his arm!
Ben Davies became a man over the course of the season he improved so much with mcombe guiding him. I think he is also a better all round full back than Meredith was when he left us, I hope he comes back next season he made some good friends at the club lets hope they can twist his arm! T.R.M1974
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6:15pm Tue 20 May 14

heartbreaker says...

Hayhurst did not show anything to me to suggest trying to bring him back. Terrible delivery from set pieces, often lost control when running with it, not much pace - we can definitely find someone better. Same with Brobbel, decent displays in his first spell but bar the goal at Scunny he didn't influence the side at all on his return.
Hayhurst did not show anything to me to suggest trying to bring him back. Terrible delivery from set pieces, often lost control when running with it, not much pace - we can definitely find someone better. Same with Brobbel, decent displays in his first spell but bar the goal at Scunny he didn't influence the side at all on his return. heartbreaker
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7:10pm Tue 20 May 14

born&breed says...

andy fowler wrote:
Why can't we buy???? Always loans
How much money do you have to help Jason and the Club? We have a budget, it's been stated that Nigel works within that budget - if we spend on players - £100k plus, and the players wages - that's from the budget. I would sooner see three or four good loan players that improve the side.
If the Club had thousand to spend then I would agree, but we are not a Fleetwood - money doesn't always work - good hard graft and a good team spirit - the Crazy Gang - Wimbledon a good example.
[quote][p][bold]andy fowler[/bold] wrote: Why can't we buy???? Always loans[/p][/quote]How much money do you have to help Jason and the Club? We have a budget, it's been stated that Nigel works within that budget - if we spend on players - £100k plus, and the players wages - that's from the budget. I would sooner see three or four good loan players that improve the side. If the Club had thousand to spend then I would agree, but we are not a Fleetwood - money doesn't always work - good hard graft and a good team spirit - the Crazy Gang - Wimbledon a good example. born&breed
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7:51am Wed 21 May 14

trevor-c2 says...

Ben Davies is a good solid player that has performed well during the season. He may lack a little pace, but a good footballer. He is better than div 2 but I can't see him playing championship football at the moment, if ever, when he matures he should become stronger and faster. We could do worse, a good choice in my opinion. He is part of the best back 4 in the div.
Ben Davies is a good solid player that has performed well during the season. He may lack a little pace, but a good footballer. He is better than div 2 but I can't see him playing championship football at the moment, if ever, when he matures he should become stronger and faster. We could do worse, a good choice in my opinion. He is part of the best back 4 in the div. trevor-c2
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