York City boss confirms club’s transfer spree not ended yet

New signing Anthony Straker is pictured with York City manager Nigel Worthington after signing a two-year contract at Bootham Crescent

New signing Anthony Straker is pictured with York City manager Nigel Worthington after signing a two-year contract at Bootham Crescent

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YORK CITY boss Nigel Worthington believes he is assembling a stronger squad than the one that surged to the League Two play-offs last season.

As the Minstermen manager welcomed his latest signing, Anthony Straker, to Bootham Crescent, he also confirmed the club's transfer spree was not yet at an end.

Back to work following a close season holiday, Worthington said: "I am a big believer in trying to get your business done early. While I have been away, Steve (Torpey, assistant manager) and the chairman have worked very hard to get the players in.

"Looking at the squad as it is at the moment, there is good experience there. We are a lot stronger than last year. That's only going to get even stronger. I would like to sign probably another two to three players just to give us a squad.

"Hopefully we can do that prior to the start of pre-season so that everybody is in, they get the work done that we will be doing over that course of time and everybody is up to speed ready for the start of the season."

Explaining why he had plumped for left midfielder Straker, who turned down a deal to stay at former club Southend United to move to North Yorkshire, Worthington said his pace and experience was key.

The City chief also said he wanted to get players on permanent deals to play in the wide positions, having had loan stars Will Hayhurst and Ryan Brobbel operating on the flanks last season.

"We needed contracted players in the wide areas knowing that Josh isn't going to around for us probably until Christmas time," Worthington added.

"It was important to strengthen in those areas and take a player of Anthony's quality and league experience. He's got 300 games under his belt and, at the age of 25, that's a big thing.

"The things we are looking for are pace, quality to deliver a good cross into the box and he has scored seven goals last season. If he can go and repeat that, along with his performances over the course of 47 plus games, then he is going to be a huge benefit to us.

"That's why we have targeted him and, thankfully, we got him.

"We moved very quickly when we knew he wasn't overly happy with the offer at Southend and he is here now. "

And, in sharp contrast to some of his predecessors, supporters should not expect Worthington to field trialists during City's run of pre-season matches.

He explained: "I am not a big believer in trialists. I think trialists can detract away from what you are doing. I work with contracted players. We get targets, we will try and add to (the squad) and we will be looking to do that over the next two to three weeks."

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12:26pm Fri 13 Jun 14

tips says...

I for one will be happy when Nigel brings in a creative midfielder who can score goals as a bonus.
I am sure Nigel is well on the case but for me it's Jon Jo o'Toole if he will come North or Jonno Greening if he is fit enough and he comes with bags of experience .
Onwards and upwards roll on the new season and proper football !!!!
I for one will be happy when Nigel brings in a creative midfielder who can score goals as a bonus. I am sure Nigel is well on the case but for me it's Jon Jo o'Toole if he will come North or Jonno Greening if he is fit enough and he comes with bags of experience . Onwards and upwards roll on the new season and proper football !!!! tips
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2:05pm Fri 13 Jun 14

dbrs88 says...

tips wrote:
I for one will be happy when Nigel brings in a creative midfielder who can score goals as a bonus.
I am sure Nigel is well on the case but for me it's Jon Jo o'Toole if he will come North or Jonno Greening if he is fit enough and he comes with bags of experience .
Onwards and upwards roll on the new season and proper football !!!!
Although a good player, IMO Jon Jo O'toole is the right fit for city. Not sure if he's hardworking enough defensively for NW and always seems likely to throw his toys out of the pram if things dont suit. Jono Greening is obviously still a high class midfielder but I think NW will still stick with trying to find a 23-27 year old with league experience (much like straker,Ilesanmi, mccoy). someone like Jed wallace (who unfortunately resigned for pomey).
[quote][p][bold]tips[/bold] wrote: I for one will be happy when Nigel brings in a creative midfielder who can score goals as a bonus. I am sure Nigel is well on the case but for me it's Jon Jo o'Toole if he will come North or Jonno Greening if he is fit enough and he comes with bags of experience . Onwards and upwards roll on the new season and proper football !!!![/p][/quote]Although a good player, IMO Jon Jo O'toole is the right fit for city. Not sure if he's hardworking enough defensively for NW and always seems likely to throw his toys out of the pram if things dont suit. Jono Greening is obviously still a high class midfielder but I think NW will still stick with trying to find a 23-27 year old with league experience (much like straker,Ilesanmi, mccoy). someone like Jed wallace (who unfortunately resigned for pomey). dbrs88
  • Score: 4

2:10pm Fri 13 Jun 14

bill bailey says...

tips wrote:
I for one will be happy when Nigel brings in a creative midfielder who can score goals as a bonus.
I am sure Nigel is well on the case but for me it's Jon Jo o'Toole if he will come North or Jonno Greening if he is fit enough and he comes with bags of experience .
Onwards and upwards roll on the new season and proper football !!!!
o'Toole would be known to Richard Creswell so the manager would be able to assess him if RC was asked, the lad has been around a bit. it always bothers me at 25 a player should have cemented himself by now ,22-30 is when a player is a fixture in a club, after being at Watford one would have thought he should have stayed at that level or progressed, But some players become journey men not always their fault I might add. My son who lives that way said he was thought of by the supporters and didn't take prisoners. looking at his history his stint at Sheffield Utd was when RC was there.
[quote][p][bold]tips[/bold] wrote: I for one will be happy when Nigel brings in a creative midfielder who can score goals as a bonus. I am sure Nigel is well on the case but for me it's Jon Jo o'Toole if he will come North or Jonno Greening if he is fit enough and he comes with bags of experience . Onwards and upwards roll on the new season and proper football !!!![/p][/quote]o'Toole would be known to Richard Creswell so the manager would be able to assess him if RC was asked, the lad has been around a bit. it always bothers me at 25 a player should have cemented himself by now ,22-30 is when a player is a fixture in a club, after being at Watford one would have thought he should have stayed at that level or progressed, But some players become journey men not always their fault I might add. My son who lives that way said he was thought of by the supporters and didn't take prisoners. looking at his history his stint at Sheffield Utd was when RC was there. bill bailey
  • Score: 3

3:44pm Fri 13 Jun 14

born&breed says...

It has been reported that JJ O'Toole wishes to stay in and around the Bristol area - if he want league football that's Cheltenham, Newport and is he good enough for Swindon Town? Greening - great player but has he got the legs for forty six games. We want players to want to come a play for City, to play the full season.
I would love to see Ogogog - with Penn a midfield that would frighten any team
It has been reported that JJ O'Toole wishes to stay in and around the Bristol area - if he want league football that's Cheltenham, Newport and is he good enough for Swindon Town? Greening - great player but has he got the legs for forty six games. We want players to want to come a play for City, to play the full season. I would love to see Ogogog - with Penn a midfield that would frighten any team born&breed
  • Score: 3

4:15pm Fri 13 Jun 14

bill bailey says...

born&breed wrote:
It has been reported that JJ O'Toole wishes to stay in and around the Bristol area - if he want league football that's Cheltenham, Newport and is he good enough for Swindon Town? Greening - great player but has he got the legs for forty six games. We want players to want to come a play for City, to play the full season.
I would love to see Ogogog - with Penn a midfield that would frighten any team
Don't think so Mr Ogogog Unless he comes to York to complete his 120 hours community service,
[quote][p][bold]born&breed[/bold] wrote: It has been reported that JJ O'Toole wishes to stay in and around the Bristol area - if he want league football that's Cheltenham, Newport and is he good enough for Swindon Town? Greening - great player but has he got the legs for forty six games. We want players to want to come a play for City, to play the full season. I would love to see Ogogog - with Penn a midfield that would frighten any team[/p][/quote]Don't think so Mr Ogogog Unless he comes to York to complete his 120 hours community service, bill bailey
  • Score: -1

6:50am Sat 14 Jun 14

YoRkIe59 says...

the most pleasing thing for me is that N W is still looking at two or three more players i,d be very surprised if one wasnt a central midfielder and most likley another central defender,certianly hope so anyway.the squad really is starting to have a great look about it though.
the most pleasing thing for me is that N W is still looking at two or three more players i,d be very surprised if one wasnt a central midfielder and most likley another central defender,certianly hope so anyway.the squad really is starting to have a great look about it though. YoRkIe59
  • Score: 1

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