Niall Henderson’s heading for a KitKat Crescent exit

Niall Henderson

Niall Henderson

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

YORK City midfielder Niall Henderson will return to Ireland after being released by the KitKat Crescent club.

Henderson, 20, is set to sign for Newry City or Finn Harps having reached an agreement over the remaining four months of his Minstermen contract. The former Gretna player was recruited by previous City boss Colin Walker in the summer but has managed only six senior games with two of those substitute outings.

His last appearance came during the 4-2 defeat at Kettering in September and he has not even made the bench for a Blue Square Premier fixture since October 7.

New signings Christian Smith, Simon Brown and Kyle Critchell have seen Henderson fall further down the pecking order for midfield places and City boss Martin Foyle, who has assisted the ex-Northern Ireland Under-19 international in his efforts to find a new club, said: “From our point of view, as a club, we’ve probably let Niall down for games because there’s hardly been any reserve matches since I took charge.

“He needs to play football and I’d rather give him an honest decision now than leave it until the end of the season. In the position we are in, it’s sometimes better the devil you know.

“I know Christian Smith well and he gives us a bit more strength and versatility because he can go into the back four and we need that. Niall didn’t do anything wrong and he’s a decent lad and a decent pro who I wish well.”

Foyle has also helped released City right-back Tom Hirst secure a move to Harrogate Town.

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10:51am Tue 20 Jan 09

Laustin Space says...

This is a wise decision from Mr Foyle. Henderson has no future in the professional game. He has no positional sense and is very reluctant to go into challenges. I predict Farrell will be next to be shown the Exit door - and Greaves will not be far behind...
This is a wise decision from Mr Foyle. Henderson has no future in the professional game. He has no positional sense and is very reluctant to go into challenges. I predict Farrell will be next to be shown the Exit door - and Greaves will not be far behind... Laustin Space
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11:54am Tue 20 Jan 09

haxbyreds says...

a good decision a pity we are going to have to pay up the contract on every walker signing,
a good decision a pity we are going to have to pay up the contract on every walker signing, haxbyreds
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3:16pm Tue 20 Jan 09

OLD - HEAD says...

This news is not unexpected for Niall Henderson never looked the part to me. I honestly think that Colin Walker signed him on before he had seen him play. Lets see what we can do about moving a few more on now. If we can manage to farm a few out, we might just be able to bring another one in, despite what Martin Foyle is saying, about not wanting to sign anyone else.
This news is not unexpected for Niall Henderson never looked the part to me. I honestly think that Colin Walker signed him on before he had seen him play. Lets see what we can do about moving a few more on now. If we can manage to farm a few out, we might just be able to bring another one in, despite what Martin Foyle is saying, about not wanting to sign anyone else. OLD - HEAD
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4:03pm Tue 20 Jan 09

Punk_Ian says...

I think the not wanting to sign anyone else was said till he can shift some faces out of the door, no point getting peoples hopes up about new signings if we can't afford them.
I think the not wanting to sign anyone else was said till he can shift some faces out of the door, no point getting peoples hopes up about new signings if we can't afford them. Punk_Ian
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5:45pm Tue 20 Jan 09

Goole Reds says...

There will be a few squeeky bums in that city dressing room. Farrell should have gone in the summer and Sodji should pull his fingure out and put 100% in and not 80%.
There will be a few squeeky bums in that city dressing room. Farrell should have gone in the summer and Sodji should pull his fingure out and put 100% in and not 80%. Goole Reds
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7:31pm Tue 20 Jan 09

ycfc_4life says...

I stand corrected i thought Niall deserved a fair chance but obviously i am missing something as he has been released Goood luck for the future Niall
I stand corrected i thought Niall deserved a fair chance but obviously i am missing something as he has been released Goood luck for the future Niall ycfc_4life
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