New signing Anthony Straker says York City deal was too good to refuse

New signing Anthony Straker with York City boss Nigel Worthington

New signing Anthony Straker with York City boss Nigel Worthington

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

ANTHONY STRAKER said York City's offer was "too hard to turn down" as he put pen to paper on a two-year deal with the Minstermen.

The 25-year-old left-sided midfielder had been offered a new contract by the Shrimpers, having played 47 times for them last season as they made a run for the League Two play-offs.

But he said the overtures from City "made his eyes open" and he is targeting a promotion campaign with his new club.

"Southend did offer me a contract," Straker said. "It wasn't what I was looking for and York City came up with something that made my eyes open and was too hard to turn down.

"York City are going in the right direction and I just want to be part of it. Left midfielder (is my best position) - getting forward and being part of the attacking side of things but, if needs be, to be put there (defence) and willing to step up to it."

He added: "I was attracted to how they (York) finished last season, in the play-offs like Southend. It showed they have the potential to do well and hopefully they can do it again this year.

"I was at Southend for two years. I'd say my first year wasn't one of the best but I kicked on in the second and showed what I was capable of doing. Now it has come to an end and I am ready to start life at York."

Straker played for Southend in both encounters with York as the ten men Minstermen lost 2-1 with a late goal at Roots Hall and then held the Shrimpers to a 0-0 draw at home.

"It wasn't one of the easier games, I can tell you that," said the newest member of Worthington's squad. "It was good to come up against them in opposition and helped make my mind up to come here as a signing.

"The home one was very hard and travelling away to any game is difficult and York didn't make it easy. York was where I wanted to go. It seems like the place to be and that's why I put pen to paper."

He added: "My family will be coming with me to live in York and make this home. I've heard it is a nice city to live in. When you come you want to live on the doorstep of where you are working. Commuting can be a bit stressful sometimes and, hopefully, I can get to know the city.

"I know a few of the boys here who have put in a good word and made things easier. I know Lewis Montrose. He had a few good things to say."

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4:35pm Thu 12 Jun 14

tips says...

Good to hear Anthony is bringing his family with him to live locally.Good luck to the lad hope you have a great career at York
Good to hear Anthony is bringing his family with him to live locally.Good luck to the lad hope you have a great career at York tips
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5:12pm Thu 12 Jun 14

OLD - HEAD says...

The local Southend newspaper has printed an article reading - "Anthony Straker leaves Shrimpers for Mistermen". This printing gaff has brought some howls of laughter from Southend fans on their forum. I will have obviously seen this lad play before. But like all our new signings I will wait until I have seen them play a few games for City, before I even attempt to judge them. Nigel Worthington obviously knows the type of players that he wants.
The local Southend newspaper has printed an article reading - "Anthony Straker leaves Shrimpers for Mistermen". This printing gaff has brought some howls of laughter from Southend fans on their forum. I will have obviously seen this lad play before. But like all our new signings I will wait until I have seen them play a few games for City, before I even attempt to judge them. Nigel Worthington obviously knows the type of players that he wants. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 8

6:53pm Thu 12 Jun 14

RooBeck says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
The local Southend newspaper has printed an article reading - "Anthony Straker leaves Shrimpers for Mistermen". This printing gaff has brought some howls of laughter from Southend fans on their forum. I will have obviously seen this lad play before. But like all our new signings I will wait until I have seen them play a few games for City, before I even attempt to judge them. Nigel Worthington obviously knows the type of players that he wants.
City fans are the Mr.Happys' over this deal and the Shrimpers fans can laugh through their teeth but will know that deep down, we are the winners!! Well done NW and ST, together with the fine backing of the ever more impressive and ambitious, City Board. Welcome to York and Yorkshire Anthony, you have joined a fine football club and good-luck in your career with us! COYR.
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: The local Southend newspaper has printed an article reading - "Anthony Straker leaves Shrimpers for Mistermen". This printing gaff has brought some howls of laughter from Southend fans on their forum. I will have obviously seen this lad play before. But like all our new signings I will wait until I have seen them play a few games for City, before I even attempt to judge them. Nigel Worthington obviously knows the type of players that he wants.[/p][/quote]City fans are the Mr.Happys' over this deal and the Shrimpers fans can laugh through their teeth but will know that deep down, we are the winners!! Well done NW and ST, together with the fine backing of the ever more impressive and ambitious, City Board. Welcome to York and Yorkshire Anthony, you have joined a fine football club and good-luck in your career with us! COYR. RooBeck
  • Score: 5

7:05pm Thu 12 Jun 14

goreds says...

Mistermen - l like it !
I 've always felt 'Minstermen ' was a bit artificial and contrived - I prefer the Robins - I suppose it could have been worse if we are using landmarks - ............ the 'Shambles' ? Certainly not applicable to City 2014.
Anyway good luck to Tony Straker - sounds like one of the 'Champions' from
the ITV 60's Sci-Fi drama !!
Mistermen - l like it ! I 've always felt 'Minstermen ' was a bit artificial and contrived - I prefer the Robins - I suppose it could have been worse if we are using landmarks - ............ the 'Shambles' ? Certainly not applicable to City 2014. Anyway good luck to Tony Straker - sounds like one of the 'Champions' from the ITV 60's Sci-Fi drama !! goreds
  • Score: 4

7:23pm Thu 12 Jun 14

y-front says...

goreds wrote:
Mistermen - l like it !
I 've always felt 'Minstermen ' was a bit artificial and contrived - I prefer the Robins - I suppose it could have been worse if we are using landmarks - ............ the 'Shambles' ? Certainly not applicable to City 2014.
Anyway good luck to Tony Straker - sounds like one of the 'Champions' from
the ITV 60's Sci-Fi drama !!
Mister men? Well we did have the odd Mr Sitter last term. I remember
The Champions but for Tony Straker was it not UFO?
Anyway, there is a definate feeling of ambition & professional focus coming from the Club which is encouraging, I agree with those posters who've
commented on L2 being a tougher league next season
[quote][p][bold]goreds[/bold] wrote: Mistermen - l like it ! I 've always felt 'Minstermen ' was a bit artificial and contrived - I prefer the Robins - I suppose it could have been worse if we are using landmarks - ............ the 'Shambles' ? Certainly not applicable to City 2014. Anyway good luck to Tony Straker - sounds like one of the 'Champions' from the ITV 60's Sci-Fi drama !![/p][/quote]Mister men? Well we did have the odd Mr Sitter last term. I remember The Champions but for Tony Straker was it not UFO? Anyway, there is a definate feeling of ambition & professional focus coming from the Club which is encouraging, I agree with those posters who've commented on L2 being a tougher league next season y-front
  • Score: 4

8:59pm Thu 12 Jun 14

bill bailey says...

Tony Straker my boy take it from me , an import from the south of 11 yrs, you have crack it living inYork the nicest people around, I hope your game will keep you here for a long time, I'm sure your family will be happy here and enjoy life , All the best , glad your on board.
Tony Straker my boy take it from me , an import from the south of 11 yrs, you have crack it living inYork the nicest people around, I hope your game will keep you here for a long time, I'm sure your family will be happy here and enjoy life , All the best , glad your on board. bill bailey
  • Score: 1

10:00am Fri 13 Jun 14

rogue84 says...

you won't find it difficult settling in Strakes that's for sure! one of the best cities to live in and one of the strongest, most vocal supports in L2. can't wait for the fixtures on Wednesday!
you won't find it difficult settling in Strakes that's for sure! one of the best cities to live in and one of the strongest, most vocal supports in L2. can't wait for the fixtures on Wednesday! rogue84
  • Score: 3

10:46am Fri 13 Jun 14

bartsimmo says...

Mr,worthington has proven our most valuable asset since coming to the club and turning us into a more professionally run club from the bottom up. I am sure he has advised Jason McGill handsomely along the way. The manner of which we are signing players now compared to previous managers and the fact that players are turning down league two promotion rivals to join us is a testament to this and for that mr worthington we salute you immensely.

I have every confidence in the signings and I am sure that if players don't turn out as well as we hoped then mr worthington will definitely ring the changes for the better through loans and the January window.

18/1 to win the title is worth 10-100 pounds of anyone's money!

COME ON YORK!!!!
Mr,worthington has proven our most valuable asset since coming to the club and turning us into a more professionally run club from the bottom up. I am sure he has advised Jason McGill handsomely along the way. The manner of which we are signing players now compared to previous managers and the fact that players are turning down league two promotion rivals to join us is a testament to this and for that mr worthington we salute you immensely. I have every confidence in the signings and I am sure that if players don't turn out as well as we hoped then mr worthington will definitely ring the changes for the better through loans and the January window. 18/1 to win the title is worth 10-100 pounds of anyone's money! COME ON YORK!!!! bartsimmo
  • Score: 6

10:02pm Fri 13 Jun 14

bill bailey says...

bartsimmo wrote:
Mr,worthington has proven our most valuable asset since coming to the club and turning us into a more professionally run club from the bottom up. I am sure he has advised Jason McGill handsomely along the way. The manner of which we are signing players now compared to previous managers and the fact that players are turning down league two promotion rivals to join us is a testament to this and for that mr worthington we salute you immensely.

I have every confidence in the signings and I am sure that if players don't turn out as well as we hoped then mr worthington will definitely ring the changes for the better through loans and the January window.

18/1 to win the title is worth 10-100 pounds of anyone's money!

COME ON YORK!!!!
I have taken 33/1 that City and Portsmouth will go up and 40/1 without having to play off.
[quote][p][bold]bartsimmo[/bold] wrote: Mr,worthington has proven our most valuable asset since coming to the club and turning us into a more professionally run club from the bottom up. I am sure he has advised Jason McGill handsomely along the way. The manner of which we are signing players now compared to previous managers and the fact that players are turning down league two promotion rivals to join us is a testament to this and for that mr worthington we salute you immensely. I have every confidence in the signings and I am sure that if players don't turn out as well as we hoped then mr worthington will definitely ring the changes for the better through loans and the January window. 18/1 to win the title is worth 10-100 pounds of anyone's money! COME ON YORK!!!![/p][/quote]I have taken 33/1 that City and Portsmouth will go up and 40/1 without having to play off. bill bailey
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