Ben Purkiss signs new York City deal

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Updated: BEN Purkiss has signed a new deal with York City and manager Martin Foyle is “delighted” that the former Sheffield United reserve has committed his future to the club.

The 25-year-old right-back was out of contract at Bootham Crescent and entitled to a free transfer under the Bosman ruling.

But Purkiss has agreed improved terms to stay with the Minstermen next season, although Foyle has also made up his mind not to retain the services of club captain Mark Greaves for 2009/10.

About Purkiss’ decision, the City boss said: “I’m delighted because Ben’s a very good footballer and we want to play a lot more football than we did last season, so having the right personnel in the right places is important. His attitude during the last two months of the season was fantastic and he played very well.

“We are trying to improve the defensive side of his game and he’s responded to that, so I’m sure he will push on next season. He’s also a decent size and you need that to ensure you have enough markers at set-pieces.

“But we still need to bring somebody else in who can play in his position as we have no cover for him if he’s injured.”

Foyle also admitted the club are targeting another central defender after missing out on Ebbsfleet’s Darius Charles after a £10,000 bid and deciding against keeping right-footer Greaves.

He said: “It was a very, very tough decision with Mark because he’s a super pro and, if I can do anything to help him get sorted elsewhere, I will do.

“We just want to freshen up the whole place and, while he wants to play at the back, we’ve got our eyes on bringing in a left-footed centre-half.”

Foyle also expressed his frustration at the process by which Ebbsfleet’s MyFootballClub’s owners rejected the offer for former Brentford defender Charles.

City’s approach was the subject of an internet vote among MyFC’s on-line subscription members and overwhelmingly opposed.

Foyle added: “It’s hard to do business there because, at any other club, you would get a response that would take everything into consideration.

“It’s not ideal for players either when the supporters are making decisions on where you can go.”

City are now waiting to learn whether striker Onome Sodje will accept the new contract offered to him at the end of last season.

“I haven’t heard from him,” Foyle said.

“It’s up to him to contact me and then we will take it from there.”

The manager, meanwhile, declined to confirm or deny whether City were also the unnamed club that had a £30,000 bid for Ebbsfleet striker Michael Gash rejected.

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4:49pm Mon 8 Jun 09

AdHolmes says...

WOOOOOOO fantastic news. Things are starting to look good.

C'mon City.
WOOOOOOO fantastic news. Things are starting to look good. C'mon City. AdHolmes

4:51pm Mon 8 Jun 09

FXEnderby says...

This is fantastic news, on both counts.

It really is starting to look interesting for next season.

Please give Maloney a go; a bright bloke who was a cult hero first time round who wants to play for us - I can't see any negatives.
This is fantastic news, on both counts. It really is starting to look interesting for next season. Please give Maloney a go; a bright bloke who was a cult hero first time round who wants to play for us - I can't see any negatives. FXEnderby

5:01pm Mon 8 Jun 09

MarkW says...

Things are looking up and we are maybe just a couple of quality signings away from having a decent team. However, with YCFC there is always a dark cloud on the horizon and I just wonder how much it will effect City when Setanta go into administration (looks likely later this week). :-(
Things are looking up and we are maybe just a couple of quality signings away from having a decent team. However, with YCFC there is always a dark cloud on the horizon and I just wonder how much it will effect City when Setanta go into administration (looks likely later this week). :-( MarkW

5:01pm Mon 8 Jun 09

MarkW says...

Things are looking up and we are maybe just a couple of quality signings away from having a decent team. However, with YCFC there is always a dark cloud on the horizon and I just wonder how much it will effect City when Setanta go into administration (looks likely later this week). :-(
Things are looking up and we are maybe just a couple of quality signings away from having a decent team. However, with YCFC there is always a dark cloud on the horizon and I just wonder how much it will effect City when Setanta go into administration (looks likely later this week). :-( MarkW

6:12pm Mon 8 Jun 09

avidfan says...

I'm note sure which is the best news here. No Greaves next season, therefore less temptation to play defenders in mid field. Fantastic that Ben has agreed to stay, obviously he's confident about the new players coming in.

What I can't understand is why Sodje is dithering around, you would have thought he would be only too happy to sign the premature offer by Jason. If he's talking to other clubs I hope he gets fixed up elsewhere quickly and we give Maloney a contract.
I'm note sure which is the best news here. No Greaves next season, therefore less temptation to play defenders in mid field. Fantastic that Ben has agreed to stay, obviously he's confident about the new players coming in. What I can't understand is why Sodje is dithering around, you would have thought he would be only too happy to sign the premature offer by Jason. If he's talking to other clubs I hope he gets fixed up elsewhere quickly and we give Maloney a contract. avidfan

6:40pm Mon 8 Jun 09

rogue84 says...

happy days for all concerned, great news, and clearly Foyle has made a strong statement about the way he wants to take the club, otherwise our better players would have gone by now.
as far as Sodje's concerned i'm not too bothered, however i don't believe a 17-goal a season striker can suddenly become rubbish over the course of 12 months.
give Maloney a chance Martin!
happy days for all concerned, great news, and clearly Foyle has made a strong statement about the way he wants to take the club, otherwise our better players would have gone by now. as far as Sodje's concerned i'm not too bothered, however i don't believe a 17-goal a season striker can suddenly become rubbish over the course of 12 months. give Maloney a chance Martin! rogue84

7:30pm Mon 8 Jun 09

OLD - HEAD says...

Yes I am really pleased that Ben Purkiss has signed on for another season. Although talk of him being the best full back in the Blue Square Premier is a bit off the mark. While I would not fault him for his distribution of the ball, I think he needs to work on the defensive side of his game, but I am sure that will improve with good coaching. Mark Greaves leaving is not a great suprise. Although I think he could still do a good job for a team in Blue Square North. Three more good signings and we should have a decent squad (Centre Back, Centre Midfield and a Striker) "But it seems easier to talk about than to achieve".
Yes I am really pleased that Ben Purkiss has signed on for another season. Although talk of him being the best full back in the Blue Square Premier is a bit off the mark. While I would not fault him for his distribution of the ball, I think he needs to work on the defensive side of his game, but I am sure that will improve with good coaching. Mark Greaves leaving is not a great suprise. Although I think he could still do a good job for a team in Blue Square North. Three more good signings and we should have a decent squad (Centre Back, Centre Midfield and a Striker) "But it seems easier to talk about than to achieve". OLD - HEAD

8:10pm Mon 8 Jun 09

calders says...

Glad to see on eof the brighter stars of lastt year sign on again. Things are looking up - give Maloney a chance and a couple more and we have the potential. Not sure about Gash if it is us but the other lad would be worth another bid.
Glad to see on eof the brighter stars of lastt year sign on again. Things are looking up - give Maloney a chance and a couple more and we have the potential. Not sure about Gash if it is us but the other lad would be worth another bid. calders

9:29pm Mon 8 Jun 09

Eric says...

MarkW wrote:
Things are looking up and we are maybe just a couple of quality signings away from having a decent team. However, with YCFC there is always a dark cloud on the horizon and I just wonder how much it will effect City when Setanta go into administration (looks likely later this week). :-(
Will Setanta dropping out be that much of a problem? I thought it was generally accepted that whenever a match was shown live the payments received did not cover the reduction in gate takings.

It will also mean no more messing around with the fixtures!
[quote][p][bold]MarkW[/bold] wrote: Things are looking up and we are maybe just a couple of quality signings away from having a decent team. However, with YCFC there is always a dark cloud on the horizon and I just wonder how much it will effect City when Setanta go into administration (looks likely later this week). :-([/p][/quote]Will Setanta dropping out be that much of a problem? I thought it was generally accepted that whenever a match was shown live the payments received did not cover the reduction in gate takings. It will also mean no more messing around with the fixtures! Eric

10:14pm Mon 8 Jun 09

eborexile says...

Purkiss is a long way from being a good defender and was a bit presumptious in putting the manager on trial before signing again. Nevertheless even though "most assists" was down to the dearth of midfield talent he at least has the makings of a decent overlapping full back - if he works at his game and is allowed to get forward in the first half of matches.
Purkiss is a long way from being a good defender and was a bit presumptious in putting the manager on trial before signing again. Nevertheless even though "most assists" was down to the dearth of midfield talent he at least has the makings of a decent overlapping full back - if he works at his game and is allowed to get forward in the first half of matches. eborexile

5:35am Tue 9 Jun 09

Head of Bomber Command says...

MarkW wrote:
Things are looking up and we are maybe just a couple of quality signings away from having a decent team. However, with YCFC there is always a dark cloud on the horizon and I just wonder how much it will effect City when Setanta go into administration (looks likely later this week). :-(
I believe I am correct in saying the partisipating clubs receive the TV appearance money more or less straight away.

I agree MarkW, things do seem to be on the up for us, let's hope so.
[quote][p][bold]MarkW[/bold] wrote: Things are looking up and we are maybe just a couple of quality signings away from having a decent team. However, with YCFC there is always a dark cloud on the horizon and I just wonder how much it will effect City when Setanta go into administration (looks likely later this week). :-([/p][/quote]I believe I am correct in saying the partisipating clubs receive the TV appearance money more or less straight away. I agree MarkW, things do seem to be on the up for us, let's hope so. Head of Bomber Command

9:02am Tue 9 Jun 09

Monkey2 says...

Eric wrote:
MarkW wrote: Things are looking up and we are maybe just a couple of quality signings away from having a decent team. However, with YCFC there is always a dark cloud on the horizon and I just wonder how much it will effect City when Setanta go into administration (looks likely later this week). :-(
Will Setanta dropping out be that much of a problem? I thought it was generally accepted that whenever a match was shown live the payments received did not cover the reduction in gate takings. It will also mean no more messing around with the fixtures!
I was under the impression that each club got an ammount up front- irrespective of whether or not they were actually shown on the telly. This is probably totally made up- but I thought it was around £80k per season? Obviously, if Sh1tanta go to the wall, this would be money that we don't get. Plus, I'd be surprised if they were totally paid up with regards to last season's televised games, as well as the Trophy final- so that would be more money we'd lose out on.

On a separate note- how do I go about selectively quoting someone? I didn't want to quote everything above, but it didn't give me the choice?
[quote][p][bold]Eric[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MarkW[/bold] wrote: Things are looking up and we are maybe just a couple of quality signings away from having a decent team. However, with YCFC there is always a dark cloud on the horizon and I just wonder how much it will effect City when Setanta go into administration (looks likely later this week). :-([/p][/quote]Will Setanta dropping out be that much of a problem? I thought it was generally accepted that whenever a match was shown live the payments received did not cover the reduction in gate takings. It will also mean no more messing around with the fixtures![/p][/quote]I was under the impression that each club got an ammount up front- irrespective of whether or not they were actually shown on the telly. This is probably totally made up- but I thought it was around £80k per season? Obviously, if Sh1tanta go to the wall, this would be money that we don't get. Plus, I'd be surprised if they were totally paid up with regards to last season's televised games, as well as the Trophy final- so that would be more money we'd lose out on. On a separate note- how do I go about selectively quoting someone? I didn't want to quote everything above, but it didn't give me the choice? Monkey2

9:13am Tue 9 Jun 09

Meggaz says...

Well, I like what I'm seeing and hearing from The Crescent these days.

Purkiss signed on the dotted - yes!

Mr Foyle looking for quality players to fill those positions where we were horribly exposed last season is good news too and listening to the sportscast on RY this morning, apparently there's a couple of players just waiting for their medicals - Geoff Miller (YCFC Physio) is on holiday at the moment - before the Club commits.

AND there's every prospect of a couple more potential signings in the next week or two as well according to the report this morning.

Good stuff! Things are definitely looking up. We've not seen this much meaningful transfer activity in close-season for a good few years have we?

Come on City!!
Well, I like what I'm seeing and hearing from The Crescent these days. Purkiss signed on the dotted - yes! Mr Foyle looking for quality players to fill those positions where we were horribly exposed last season is good news too and listening to the sportscast on RY this morning, apparently there's a couple of players just waiting for their medicals - Geoff Miller (YCFC Physio) is on holiday at the moment - before the Club commits. AND there's every prospect of a couple more potential signings in the next week or two as well according to the report this morning. Good stuff! Things are definitely looking up. We've not seen this much meaningful transfer activity in close-season for a good few years have we? Come on City!! Meggaz

9:25am Tue 9 Jun 09

dangermoose says...

Purkiss IMO is only OK. For a big tall lad he gets out muscled to easy for me. If he can be stronger and work on his defending a little then we will have a better player.
Purkiss IMO is only OK. For a big tall lad he gets out muscled to easy for me. If he can be stronger and work on his defending a little then we will have a better player. dangermoose

9:41am Tue 9 Jun 09

alimount says...

Get in!
Great news about Ben.
On the subject of Setanta, I personally would be disappointed if it went to the dogs, as I have relied on it to watch some of citys games over recent seasons. The highlights show has also been pretty useful to see just how bad the chances our forwards have been missing really were!
Get in! Great news about Ben. On the subject of Setanta, I personally would be disappointed if it went to the dogs, as I have relied on it to watch some of citys games over recent seasons. The highlights show has also been pretty useful to see just how bad the chances our forwards have been missing really were! alimount

10:12am Tue 9 Jun 09

YORKCITYFC says...

As soon as the 28 days is up, we should withdraw the offer to sodje, he has had long enough, and obviously thinks he is better than he is..hope he rejects the offer and moves on
As soon as the 28 days is up, we should withdraw the offer to sodje, he has had long enough, and obviously thinks he is better than he is..hope he rejects the offer and moves on YORKCITYFC

10:27am Tue 9 Jun 09

alimount says...

“I haven’t heard from him,” Foyle said.

“It’s up to him to contact me and then we will take it from there.”

Sounds like Foyle doesn't want to keep him either.
“I haven’t heard from him,” Foyle said. “It’s up to him to contact me and then we will take it from there.” Sounds like Foyle doesn't want to keep him either. alimount

10:29am Tue 9 Jun 09

alimount says...

YORKCITYFC wrote:
As soon as the 28 days is up, we should withdraw the offer to sodje, he has had long enough, and obviously thinks he is better than he is..hope he rejects the offer and moves on
Agree. Or reduce his terms, as he can be good when he can be bothered.
[quote][p][bold]YORKCITYFC[/bold] wrote: As soon as the 28 days is up, we should withdraw the offer to sodje, he has had long enough, and obviously thinks he is better than he is..hope he rejects the offer and moves on[/p][/quote]Agree. Or reduce his terms, as he can be good when he can be bothered. alimount

11:51am Tue 9 Jun 09

Imp says...

On Purkiss, very good news. He needs to improve the discipline of his defensive game, but he’s still one of the better right-backs at this level. The signings of Meredith and Nelsthorpe in particular show the manager is addressing deficiencies in the side, and that’s probably why Ben has signed.

On Setanta, clubs get £85k up-front in addition to the appearance fees. all told, they represent about 10% of York’s turnover. Given the uncertainty stems back well into last year I would hope the club was cautious in its budgeting, but past events don’t encourage me.

On Maloney, like everyone else I’d be happy to see a committed, hungry young lad given a chance at York. But there is a problem. Right now we probably have one open slot for a striker, and that really needs to be a guy who is proven at this level. Which means giving Maloney a trial could be viewed as unfair if there’s no possibility of a contract at the end of it.
If Sodje doesn’t sign, and we can palm off Farrell, that’s a different story as we’d have an opening to give him a run. But as long as we are stuck with those two, I don’t think Jon is an option.
On Purkiss, very good news. He needs to improve the discipline of his defensive game, but he’s still one of the better right-backs at this level. The signings of Meredith and Nelsthorpe in particular show the manager is addressing deficiencies in the side, and that’s probably why Ben has signed. On Setanta, clubs get £85k up-front in addition to the appearance fees. all told, they represent about 10% of York’s turnover. Given the uncertainty stems back well into last year I would hope the club was cautious in its budgeting, but past events don’t encourage me. On Maloney, like everyone else I’d be happy to see a committed, hungry young lad given a chance at York. But there is a problem. Right now we probably have one open slot for a striker, and that really needs to be a guy who is proven at this level. Which means giving Maloney a trial could be viewed as unfair if there’s no possibility of a contract at the end of it. If Sodje doesn’t sign, and we can palm off Farrell, that’s a different story as we’d have an opening to give him a run. But as long as we are stuck with those two, I don’t think Jon is an option. Imp

12:28pm Tue 9 Jun 09

newshawk says...

Imp wrote:
On Purkiss, very good news. He needs to improve the discipline of his defensive game, but he’s still one of the better right-backs at this level. The signings of Meredith and Nelsthorpe in particular show the manager is addressing deficiencies in the side, and that’s probably why Ben has signed. On Setanta, clubs get £85k up-front in addition to the appearance fees. all told, they represent about 10% of York’s turnover. Given the uncertainty stems back well into last year I would hope the club was cautious in its budgeting, but past events don’t encourage me. On Maloney, like everyone else I’d be happy to see a committed, hungry young lad given a chance at York. But there is a problem. Right now we probably have one open slot for a striker, and that really needs to be a guy who is proven at this level. Which means giving Maloney a trial could be viewed as unfair if there’s no possibility of a contract at the end of it. If Sodje doesn’t sign, and we can palm off Farrell, that’s a different story as we’d have an opening to give him a run. But as long as we are stuck with those two, I don’t think Jon is an option.
I think Imp is overlooking the fact that we also have a slot for a defender and Maloney is a defender-turned-stri
ker and so could be seen as a utility option.
[quote][p][bold]Imp[/bold] wrote: On Purkiss, very good news. He needs to improve the discipline of his defensive game, but he’s still one of the better right-backs at this level. The signings of Meredith and Nelsthorpe in particular show the manager is addressing deficiencies in the side, and that’s probably why Ben has signed. On Setanta, clubs get £85k up-front in addition to the appearance fees. all told, they represent about 10% of York’s turnover. Given the uncertainty stems back well into last year I would hope the club was cautious in its budgeting, but past events don’t encourage me. On Maloney, like everyone else I’d be happy to see a committed, hungry young lad given a chance at York. But there is a problem. Right now we probably have one open slot for a striker, and that really needs to be a guy who is proven at this level. Which means giving Maloney a trial could be viewed as unfair if there’s no possibility of a contract at the end of it. If Sodje doesn’t sign, and we can palm off Farrell, that’s a different story as we’d have an opening to give him a run. But as long as we are stuck with those two, I don’t think Jon is an option. [/p][/quote]I think Imp is overlooking the fact that we also have a slot for a defender and Maloney is a defender-turned-stri ker and so could be seen as a utility option. newshawk

12:28pm Tue 9 Jun 09

Meggaz says...

Agreed Mr Imp. I believe you've got something there.

I think Sodje's the one causing the dilema here.

For all his faults, Craig Farrell is an honest, industrious player and works hard for the team although as we all know the end product's been lacking on occasion.

Sodje on the other hand only seems to play when he feels like it. That's a luxury at this level.

If Sodje decides not to sign, by all means give Jon M a go! The lad's clearly got desire, which is something that, for whatever reason, cannot always be said for young Mr Sodje can it?

Perhaps he lets the crowd, or certain parts of it at any rate, get on his back but he does at times seem to fade from the game doesn't he?
Agreed Mr Imp. I believe you've got something there. I think Sodje's the one causing the dilema here. For all his faults, Craig Farrell is an honest, industrious player and works hard for the team although as we all know the end product's been lacking on occasion. Sodje on the other hand only seems to play when he feels like it. That's a luxury at this level. If Sodje decides not to sign, by all means give Jon M a go! The lad's clearly got desire, which is something that, for whatever reason, cannot always be said for young Mr Sodje can it? Perhaps he lets the crowd, or certain parts of it at any rate, get on his back but he does at times seem to fade from the game doesn't he? Meggaz

3:55pm Tue 9 Jun 09

Imp says...

newshawk,

You are overlooking the fact Maloney sees himself as an out-and-out striker. So using him to fill a defensive slot is a baizarre approach that would elave us short at the back.
newshawk, You are overlooking the fact Maloney sees himself as an out-and-out striker. So using him to fill a defensive slot is a baizarre approach that would elave us short at the back. Imp

7:50pm Tue 9 Jun 09

OLD - HEAD says...

I agree with Imp, Jon Maloney would have to be assessed as a centre forward, not as a defender. We already have some lightweight centre backs, we do not want another one. I only plucked up enough courage to watch the recording of the FA Trophy final this week, and the way that Steve Morison muscled his way past Parslow, McGurk and Purkiss to score the opening goal, is a worry. I suspect that is the reason why Mr Foyle wanted Darius Charles.
I agree with Imp, Jon Maloney would have to be assessed as a centre forward, not as a defender. We already have some lightweight centre backs, we do not want another one. I only plucked up enough courage to watch the recording of the FA Trophy final this week, and the way that Steve Morison muscled his way past Parslow, McGurk and Purkiss to score the opening goal, is a worry. I suspect that is the reason why Mr Foyle wanted Darius Charles. OLD - HEAD

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