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City boss weighs up final signing to bolster squad
YORK City boss Colin Walker has not ruled out making one further signing before the start of the new Blue Square Premier season.
Former Bradford City striker and Leeds United trainee David Brown bagged a brace as the Minstermen kicked off their pre-season with a 6-0 win in front of 450 fans at Tadcaster Albion last night.
Fellow trialists Anton Foster and Nathan Fisher, who was released by Gretna last season after previously being on Middlesbrough’s books, also played at Ings Lane while experienced winger Lee Elam, released by last season’s play-off winners Exeter City in the summer, arrived at KitKat Crescent for training this morning.
York-born Brown, 19, joined Craig Farrell (2), Richard Brodie and Martyn Woolford on the scoresheet last night.
Elam, 31, is looking for a new club close to his Bradford roots, having plied his trade at Exeter, Weymouth, Crawley, Morecambe, Burton, Hornchurch, Chester, Yeovil, Halifax and Southport in the past.
About the possibility of making a further addition to his 21-man squad, Walker said: “I had a look at three players against Tadcaster because, in this game, you never know what turns up. They didn’t acquit themselves too badly and I will have a think now.
“I’ve known Browny a long time from my connections with Leeds and he’s always had an eye for goal. He’s a local lad and I’m sure he wants to do well while he’s with us.
“I’ve also got Lee Elam coming to training tomorrow as well and there are other players who want to come and play for York City. Whether we do anything with them, I don’t know yet.
“I thought for all intents and purposes that I had my squad and I’m chuffed with what I have got, but I may stick another in if one becomes available. That may also depend on how many people come to our pre-season games. If we get four decent crowds then money might be available to get another player.”
Walker was pleased with the fitness levels of his players just one week into their pre-season programme.
He said: “It’s a bit early to be playing football now. Ideally, you want to get two weeks of training in first, but we wanted to take this game to help out Tadcaster after the flood damage they had last season and we’ll also play Leeds on Friday because that’s the only date they could do and we should get a good crowd.
“I thought we looked fit though, especially having also had a good two-and-a-half hour session in the morning. The fans got to see our new players and I think they will have been impressed and they will only get better.
“I would like to have seen Michael Ingham get more of a workout, but that will come and both teams played the game in the right attitude.’’ After his first game in charge, new Tadcaster Albion manager Paul Marshall said: “It was division five against division ten, which is the equivalent of Manchester United v York, but my boys worked extremely hard and tried to play the ball out from the back.”