York City chief’s longer view

York City manager Nigel Worthington

York City manager Nigel Worthington

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HANDING out two year contracts and above helps York City provide "stability" and "continuity" says manager Nigel Worthington.

Longer deals have been a feature of the former Northern Ireland boss's tenure at Bootham Crescent in contrast to the one-year options that were prevalent when the Minstermen plied their trade in the Conference and first bounced back into the Football League.

"I think you have got to be fair to the player and their families," said Worthington when asked about his contract policy. "You have got to have stability and continuity within the football club and within the group of players.

"If you are trying to build something, to give a year's contract to somebody is no good. In 12 months time, that individual could walk away and be elsewhere.

"That dismantles what you are trying to build. The fact that you have got the two years on the table for a large amount of players is hugely important when you are trying to build something."

Worthington is looking to play with a lot of pace next season, having recruited speedy full-backs Marvin McCoy and Femi Ilesanmi along with quick left-midfielder Anthony Straker.

He added: "In Marvin and Femi you have two very, very good full-backs, who have got league experience and will add to us. We have lost Oyebanjo, who was a fantastic lad and a great player for the football club but he has moved up a league. Young Ben (Davies) was fantastic last year over the course of the season for a loan player.

"We have got our own players in and that will be good for the club. To also bring Anthony in, with that pace and direct style of play, to go and get defenders and hopefully score goals, will be another addition to the team and the group of players."

And on Jake Hyde, the prolific former Barnet striker who will sign terms at the end of the month, Worthington believes he will provide greater firepower to a side that suffered when top scorer Wes Fletcher was injured with a couple of months of the last campaign remaining.

"We struggled with goals because we lost our big figure in Wes two months from the end of the season," the City chief said. "That was a huge loss for us but you have to live with that.

"With Jake coming into the club, he has scored goals in the Football League and scored a lot of goals in the Conference. It's a case of coming in and doing what he does best. Then it is up to the rest of the players, and myself and Steve, to produce, to try and help him to score goals, along with the other players."

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12:53pm Sat 14 Jun 14

YCFC George says...

great shout by Nigel he is definitely the perfect man to take us forward.

Come on YCFC
great shout by Nigel he is definitely the perfect man to take us forward. Come on YCFC YCFC George
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3:16pm Sat 14 Jun 14

Filofact! says...

Excellent policy, my main fear last season was that we didn`t really have a team...too many loan players who were pretty good but could be withdrawn at any time. Looking forward to the new season and some stability .Well done NW and Jason, come on City!!
Excellent policy, my main fear last season was that we didn`t really have a team...too many loan players who were pretty good but could be withdrawn at any time. Looking forward to the new season and some stability .Well done NW and Jason, come on City!! Filofact!
  • Score: 12

4:20pm Sat 14 Jun 14

NottsExile says...

When we were making the magnificent progress towards the end of last season I feared it was partly fuelled through the impact of loan players and I believed that a promotion could have been a little premature. With the excellent approach to strengthening the club I now believe that we have a wonderful chance of pushing for League One on the strength of our OWN players, which will sustain our position. Also, thanks to Nigel and the Board, we no longer have the threat of loan players being recalled. Having said all that I think there will be a place for a loan or two but the spine of the squad will be York City through and through.
Come on the city!!
When we were making the magnificent progress towards the end of last season I feared it was partly fuelled through the impact of loan players and I believed that a promotion could have been a little premature. With the excellent approach to strengthening the club I now believe that we have a wonderful chance of pushing for League One on the strength of our OWN players, which will sustain our position. Also, thanks to Nigel and the Board, we no longer have the threat of loan players being recalled. Having said all that I think there will be a place for a loan or two but the spine of the squad will be York City through and through. Come on the city!! NottsExile
  • Score: 16

7:35pm Sat 14 Jun 14

Fergie says...

Can't wait till August 9th. Could be a massive season ahead just need to add a quality centre midfielder playmaker alongside Penn now with maybe another defender and winger. Sound footings being planted by the manager and the board great to see a long term plan in place. Will be a strong league but no reason why we can't challenge for the top 3. Come on you reds!
Can't wait till August 9th. Could be a massive season ahead just need to add a quality centre midfielder playmaker alongside Penn now with maybe another defender and winger. Sound footings being planted by the manager and the board great to see a long term plan in place. Will be a strong league but no reason why we can't challenge for the top 3. Come on you reds! Fergie
  • Score: 10

9:45pm Sat 14 Jun 14

OLD - HEAD says...

I agree that longer contracts do give a club a much better chance to build a solid squad. But of course you are always likely to get the odd occasion where a player is given a two year contract, then after six months its obvious that you have made a mistake. But all transfers are a bit of a gamble, whoever you sign. I am certainly encouraged by Citys signings so far, now we just need that creative midfielder who can score a few goals.
I agree that longer contracts do give a club a much better chance to build a solid squad. But of course you are always likely to get the odd occasion where a player is given a two year contract, then after six months its obvious that you have made a mistake. But all transfers are a bit of a gamble, whoever you sign. I am certainly encouraged by Citys signings so far, now we just need that creative midfielder who can score a few goals. OLD - HEAD
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4:52am Mon 16 Jun 14

YoRkIe59 says...

i agree with fergie regards the three players we still need,tho the central defence and winger could happily be filled by decent youngsters but the central midfield needs to be the finished article.
i agree with fergie regards the three players we still need,tho the central defence and winger could happily be filled by decent youngsters but the central midfield needs to be the finished article. YoRkIe59
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