York City sign Southend midfielder Anthony Straker

York City sign Southend midfielder Anthony Straker

York City signing Anthony Straker

New signing Anthony Straker with York City manager Nigel Worthington, left, and assistant boss Steve Torpey, right

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YORK CITY have signed midfielder Anthony Straker.

The 25-year-old, who can also play in defence, has penned a two-year deal at Bootham Crescent and has joined the club from League Two play-off rivals Southend United.

Straker played 47 times for the Shrimpers last season and scored six goals - including netting in the 2-2 draw with Burton which narrowly saw manager Phil Brown's side miss out on a trip to Wembley.

The former Wycombe and Aldershot player has been capped eight times by Grenada.

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1:05pm Thu 12 Jun 14

PeteCliffe says...

Quality L2 winger signed who had interest from elsewhere. Shows the advantage of having a big name manager who can attract players. And a big well done and thank you to the board for backing the manager. A very solid and exciting squad coming together!
Quality L2 winger signed who had interest from elsewhere. Shows the advantage of having a big name manager who can attract players. And a big well done and thank you to the board for backing the manager. A very solid and exciting squad coming together! PeteCliffe
  • Score: 24

1:08pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Maltkiln says...

... Hopes of a Wembley appearance nexy May are fading fast !! ... Another signing which clearly makes us contenders for automatic promotion at least !! ... The 'Feelgood Factor' is definitely here in abundance this summer :o)
... Hopes of a Wembley appearance nexy May are fading fast !! ... Another signing which clearly makes us contenders for automatic promotion at least !! ... The 'Feelgood Factor' is definitely here in abundance this summer :o) Maltkiln
  • Score: 13

1:09pm Thu 12 Jun 14

NottsExile says...

I agree with PeteCliffe. We are now attracting some real quality players who will only enhance our chances and our reputation as a club who are looking to move onwards. There is a developing strength in depth that will raise many an eyebrow in this league. Thank goodness that the days of signing unknown players are over. When the supporters have to ask 'Who is this?' then heaven help us but now we are really motoring.
Thank you to all at our fine, well-run and well-managed club.
Good time are here!!
I agree with PeteCliffe. We are now attracting some real quality players who will only enhance our chances and our reputation as a club who are looking to move onwards. There is a developing strength in depth that will raise many an eyebrow in this league. Thank goodness that the days of signing unknown players are over. When the supporters have to ask 'Who is this?' then heaven help us but now we are really motoring. Thank you to all at our fine, well-run and well-managed club. Good time are here!! NottsExile
  • Score: 16

1:18pm Thu 12 Jun 14

North Lincs Minsterman says...

If he was the player wearing No 11 for Southend when we played them at home, the extended video highlights show that he had one or two useful moments.

Someone with more knowledge about the lad might be able to comment on his ability to be a creative midfielder and why at 25 and with 47 appearances last year he has left Southend.
If he was the player wearing No 11 for Southend when we played them at home, the extended video highlights show that he had one or two useful moments. Someone with more knowledge about the lad might be able to comment on his ability to be a creative midfielder and why at 25 and with 47 appearances last year he has left Southend. North Lincs Minsterman
  • Score: 1

1:18pm Thu 12 Jun 14

dadster says...

I think this is a great signing for us as he impressed me in terms of his performances against us and is another who is a good age and has good experience in L2.

Well done to all at the club so far. The key now will be to sign that elusive creative central midfielder who can score 8-10 goals a season. Won't be an easy task on our budget but I'm sure NW will have plans in place.

As others have said on here O'Toole would be perfect for us IMO but can see him going elsewhere.
I think this is a great signing for us as he impressed me in terms of his performances against us and is another who is a good age and has good experience in L2. Well done to all at the club so far. The key now will be to sign that elusive creative central midfielder who can score 8-10 goals a season. Won't be an easy task on our budget but I'm sure NW will have plans in place. As others have said on here O'Toole would be perfect for us IMO but can see him going elsewhere. dadster
  • Score: 3

1:20pm Thu 12 Jun 14

dbrs88 says...

No disrespect to GM as he'll always be city legend, but under him we'd sign fringe players from other sides who couldn't make the starting XI. Under NW we are managing to attract club captains (Penn) and first choice players who have league 2 experience. The jigsaw is starting to fall into place, just need a creative/ box to box midfielder who is gunna either create 10+ goals or bang them in himself. Then pad the squad with a few loanees of the quality of oneill, davies and pope and that should be that.

Who cares about the world cup, just wish the start of the season would hurry up. COYR
No disrespect to GM as he'll always be city legend, but under him we'd sign fringe players from other sides who couldn't make the starting XI. Under NW we are managing to attract club captains (Penn) and first choice players who have league 2 experience. The jigsaw is starting to fall into place, just need a creative/ box to box midfielder who is gunna either create 10+ goals or bang them in himself. Then pad the squad with a few loanees of the quality of oneill, davies and pope and that should be that. Who cares about the world cup, just wish the start of the season would hurry up. COYR dbrs88
  • Score: 8

2:16pm Thu 12 Jun 14

T.R.M1974 says...

Welcome to the club Anthony, we are now a club attracting players from down south, how times have changed from the days when we could only attract 5 aside footballers from Iceland. Well done to the club onwards and upwards COYR!
Welcome to the club Anthony, we are now a club attracting players from down south, how times have changed from the days when we could only attract 5 aside footballers from Iceland. Well done to the club onwards and upwards COYR! T.R.M1974
  • Score: 11

2:25pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Exiled1 says...

North Lincs Minsterman wrote:
If he was the player wearing No 11 for Southend when we played them at home, the extended video highlights show that he had one or two useful moments.

Someone with more knowledge about the lad might be able to comment on his ability to be a creative midfielder and why at 25 and with 47 appearances last year he has left Southend.
Apparently he's very inconsistent. Looking at their forum most Southend fans are not too sorry to see him leave, though they acknowledge that on his day he's good.
He's a winger converted from left-back, not a creative midfielder.
[quote][p][bold]North Lincs Minsterman[/bold] wrote: If he was the player wearing No 11 for Southend when we played them at home, the extended video highlights show that he had one or two useful moments. Someone with more knowledge about the lad might be able to comment on his ability to be a creative midfielder and why at 25 and with 47 appearances last year he has left Southend.[/p][/quote]Apparently he's very inconsistent. Looking at their forum most Southend fans are not too sorry to see him leave, though they acknowledge that on his day he's good. He's a winger converted from left-back, not a creative midfielder. Exiled1
  • Score: 3

3:26pm Thu 12 Jun 14

NottsExile says...

I am sure that with a top quality management team that are committed to the club rather than a manager who seems to be looking to his next post we will develop this young man in the manner that we have improved other recent recruits.
In my working life I used to say that good leaders show how good they are (NW) whilst others tell you how good they are (PB). We have a superb manager.

By the way, our pitch is miles better than the one England will use tomorrow - even Newport's is better than that one!!
I am sure that with a top quality management team that are committed to the club rather than a manager who seems to be looking to his next post we will develop this young man in the manner that we have improved other recent recruits. In my working life I used to say that good leaders show how good they are (NW) whilst others tell you how good they are (PB). We have a superb manager. By the way, our pitch is miles better than the one England will use tomorrow - even Newport's is better than that one!! NottsExile
  • Score: 4

3:28pm Thu 12 Jun 14

joejamestom says...

Exiled1 wrote:
North Lincs Minsterman wrote:
If he was the player wearing No 11 for Southend when we played them at home, the extended video highlights show that he had one or two useful moments.

Someone with more knowledge about the lad might be able to comment on his ability to be a creative midfielder and why at 25 and with 47 appearances last year he has left Southend.
Apparently he's very inconsistent. Looking at their forum most Southend fans are not too sorry to see him leave, though they acknowledge that on his day he's good.
He's a winger converted from left-back, not a creative midfielder.
Well from our point of view LB has been a problematic position so cover & a player that can be improved going down the wings is no bad thing, welcome!
[quote][p][bold]Exiled1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]North Lincs Minsterman[/bold] wrote: If he was the player wearing No 11 for Southend when we played them at home, the extended video highlights show that he had one or two useful moments. Someone with more knowledge about the lad might be able to comment on his ability to be a creative midfielder and why at 25 and with 47 appearances last year he has left Southend.[/p][/quote]Apparently he's very inconsistent. Looking at their forum most Southend fans are not too sorry to see him leave, though they acknowledge that on his day he's good. He's a winger converted from left-back, not a creative midfielder.[/p][/quote]Well from our point of view LB has been a problematic position so cover & a player that can be improved going down the wings is no bad thing, welcome! joejamestom
  • Score: 2

3:37pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Justin7 says...

In Nigel we trust.
In Nigel we trust. Justin7
  • Score: 3

3:49pm Thu 12 Jun 14

paddymacwakey says...

2 wingers required to replace brobbel and hayhurst,and a goalscoring creative midfielder,then in my mind jigsaw complete.we have only got Coulson as a wideman,and carson is still a while to getting back.
2 wingers required to replace brobbel and hayhurst,and a goalscoring creative midfielder,then in my mind jigsaw complete.we have only got Coulson as a wideman,and carson is still a while to getting back. paddymacwakey
  • Score: 0

4:01pm Thu 12 Jun 14

tips says...

paddymacwakey wrote:
2 wingers required to replace brobbel and hayhurst,and a goalscoring creative midfielder,then in my mind jigsaw complete.we have only got Coulson as a wideman,and carson is still a while to getting back.
Isn't Straker a wide man? He can also cover at left back.I agree we need a goalscoring creative midfielder
[quote][p][bold]paddymacwakey[/bold] wrote: 2 wingers required to replace brobbel and hayhurst,and a goalscoring creative midfielder,then in my mind jigsaw complete.we have only got Coulson as a wideman,and carson is still a while to getting back.[/p][/quote]Isn't Straker a wide man? He can also cover at left back.I agree we need a goalscoring creative midfielder tips
  • Score: 3

5:18pm Thu 12 Jun 14

yorkandproud says...

Great stuff. Now this lad can play. Great signing, you'll see. Div 2 is going to be difficult to get out of this coming season, with Luton and Cambridge wanting to progress, and some decent clubs relegated. But, we have the makings of a good side again at City. NW deserves great credit for attracting such good lads to York.
Great stuff. Now this lad can play. Great signing, you'll see. Div 2 is going to be difficult to get out of this coming season, with Luton and Cambridge wanting to progress, and some decent clubs relegated. But, we have the makings of a good side again at City. NW deserves great credit for attracting such good lads to York. yorkandproud
  • Score: 3

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