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Tom’s big deal
FORMER Boston United full-back Tom Hurst has been offered a contract with York City.
Hurst, 20, impressed as a trialist during Tuesday night’s 2-1 reserve victory over Grimsby Town and is set to be offered a short-term deal with the Minstermen.
The former Boston youth-team captain made his Football League debut for the Lincolnshire side at the age of 17, but has spent the last two seasons playing reserve football at Hull and Rotherham, where he was released in the summer.
City boss Colin Walker believes Hurst can contest the club’s right-back position with Ben Purkiss and said: “Tom Hurst hadn’t played for ten weeks, but his performance for the reserves was a pleasant surprise and a breath of fresh air.
“I’ve made him a little offer and am waiting for him to get back to me. He’s got lots of energy and it’s clear he’s been well-schooled.
“He will bring a lot of pressure on the current right-back, who’s doing very well, but competition for places is always good.”
Hurst’s fellow trialists – former Accrington Stanley striker and Manchester United trainee David Brown and teenage Ipswich midfielder Jai Reason – will not be offered terms with City.
Walker added: “David Brown is a very good player, but he doesn’t live locally and, at 29, we’d really have to look after him. We’ve also got plenty of strikers at the moment, so he’ll go elsewhere now. The lad from Ipswich was very strong technically, but the Blue Square Premier might be a bit strong for him.”
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