York City manager Martin Foyle delighted at £10,000 capture of Michael Rankine

RANK INSIDER: York City signing Michael Rankine

RANK INSIDER: York City signing Michael Rankine

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MICHAEL Rankine has the same untapped potential as Championship striker Akpo Sodje and former Leeds forward Leon Constantine, according to York City manager Martin Foyle.

The City chief made Rushden forward Rankine his sixth summer signing in a £10,000 deal that also saw Craig Farrell move in the opposite direction to Nene Park, as reported on our website thepress.co.uk yesterday.

Rankine, 24, scored only seven goals for Diamonds last season, including a brace in the 9-0 drubbing of Weymouth.

In total, he has netted 32 times in 124 appearances for City’s Blue Square Premier rivals and, after scoring on his Football League debut for Scunthorpe during a 1-0 win at Bury in 2004, failed to hit the target again in 23 outings.

He did, however, bag a brace in Rushden’s 3-1 FA Cup upset over Yeovil three years ago in the same season that he hit a Conference hat-trick against Weymouth.

League Two Bournemouth also played the 6ft 2in, 15 stone front-man four times during a loan spell last October and Foyle does not regard his arrival as a gamble.

While in charge of Port Vale, the City boss handed former Stevenage, Margate and Ebbsfleet striker Sodje a chance after being released by Darlington and went on to sell him to Sheffield Wednesday a year later.

Constantine also earned an exciting move to Elland Road having been recruited from Torquay by Foyle and scoring 24 goals for Vale in the 2006/7 season.

Foyle said: “There are plenty of strikers around with potential at the moment.

“I’ve taken them on before, people like Leon Constantine and Akpo Sodje and Michael’s similar. I don’t call them gambles if they have the desire and attitude to be a number one player in the side. Michael will also work hard, close down and give us a presence in the final third.

“He’s a good size, mobile and will certainly run the channels. We missed that last season but we’ve got someone young, hungry and with a point to prove.

“He’s been to Bournemouth and Scunthorpe and is one of those who’s nearly had a chance and has got a lot to do but he has a great attitude and I know he will be a good asset.”

Farrell, meanwhile, ends three years at City after joining Rushden and leaves with Foyle’s best wishes.

He said: “Justin Edinburgh wanted Faz as part of the deal. I didn’t really want to let him go but, in our position, you have to move people around to get the fresh faces in we need.”

Foyle is still targeting a right-footed midfielder and a left-footed centre-back before the players return for pre-season training in a fortnight.

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9:08am Sat 13 Jun 09

Mr Tee says...

"Foyle is still targeting a right-footed midfielder and a left-footed centre-back before the players return for pre-season training in a fortnight."

I still haven't decided whether I rate Foyle as a manager but at least he seems to have a 'shopping list' of players and is creating a balanced squad. Hopefully, team spirit and hard work will make up for the complete lack of real quality.
"Foyle is still targeting a right-footed midfielder and a left-footed centre-back before the players return for pre-season training in a fortnight." I still haven't decided whether I rate Foyle as a manager but at least he seems to have a 'shopping list' of players and is creating a balanced squad. Hopefully, team spirit and hard work will make up for the complete lack of real quality. Mr Tee
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9:09am Sat 13 Jun 09

Meggaz says...

Woo-hoo! Things are beginning to look good. Seems like we're seeing the true ambitions of the Club at last.

Watch out Martin; soon there'll be nothing for the Pop' Stand Boo-Boys to complain about (unless we end up having to keep hold of Sodje).

Another two midfielders on the way too. Excellent!

Good luck and best wishes to all the team for the coming season. I've not been this optimistic in pre-season for yonks!

COME ON CITY!!!
Woo-hoo! Things are beginning to look good. Seems like we're seeing the true ambitions of the Club at last. Watch out Martin; soon there'll be nothing for the Pop' Stand Boo-Boys to complain about (unless we end up having to keep hold of Sodje). Another two midfielders on the way too. Excellent! Good luck and best wishes to all the team for the coming season. I've not been this optimistic in pre-season for yonks! COME ON CITY!!! Meggaz
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9:18am Sat 13 Jun 09

H8r says...

8 goals last season? Two of which were against 16 and 17 year olds at Weymouth. Not good enough
8 goals last season? Two of which were against 16 and 17 year olds at Weymouth. Not good enough H8r
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10:09am Sat 13 Jun 09

Southern Exile says...

Best of luck Michael, welcome to the club!!
Best of luck Michael, welcome to the club!! Southern Exile
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10:10am Sat 13 Jun 09

yorko66 says...

H8r lest we forget he scored 2 against the kids we played them a week later and thats all we scored as a team. everyone is entitled to their opinion. Our problem is the players are labled before they have even kicked a ball for us. So everyone back off wait till the end of August. if by then they are not performing feel free to have a dig. We are our own worste enemy we barrack and moan and you can feel the confidence being sapped out of the players into the Shippo end. Lets be positive just for once and cheer not jeer the players lets face it. It could not be any worse than it was last year.
H8r lest we forget he scored 2 against the kids we played them a week later and thats all we scored as a team. everyone is entitled to their opinion. Our problem is the players are labled before they have even kicked a ball for us. So everyone back off wait till the end of August. if by then they are not performing feel free to have a dig. We are our own worste enemy we barrack and moan and you can feel the confidence being sapped out of the players into the Shippo end. Lets be positive just for once and cheer not jeer the players lets face it. It could not be any worse than it was last year. yorko66
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11:56am Sat 13 Jun 09

tips says...

Martin Foyle is building a TEAM here it's not all about signing one player to score the goals it's about how they combine .As long as the goals go in it doesn't matter who scores them .
I hope all the supporters also become part of the team by actually getting 100% behind the lads.
A great team is when everyone pulls together so let us all get behind Martin Foyle and the team and have a real go at getting back in the Football League
Martin Foyle is building a TEAM here it's not all about signing one player to score the goals it's about how they combine .As long as the goals go in it doesn't matter who scores them . I hope all the supporters also become part of the team by actually getting 100% behind the lads. A great team is when everyone pulls together so let us all get behind Martin Foyle and the team and have a real go at getting back in the Football League tips
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3:45pm Sat 13 Jun 09

paul stancliffe says...

Well said tips,haxby york,thats spot on,words of wisdom at last. Come on CITY...
Well said tips,haxby york,thats spot on,words of wisdom at last. Come on CITY... paul stancliffe
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9:29pm Sat 13 Jun 09

YORKCITYFC says...

Wonder if one of the midfielders we are signing is Jon Challinor from Cambridge..Martin says on BBC that one of the midfielders can cover at right back aswell, and Challinor can as he covered there for Cambridge last season.

Would be a good signing to create chances through the middle of the park.
Wonder if one of the midfielders we are signing is Jon Challinor from Cambridge..Martin says on BBC that one of the midfielders can cover at right back aswell, and Challinor can as he covered there for Cambridge last season. Would be a good signing to create chances through the middle of the park. YORKCITYFC
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12:20am Sun 14 Jun 09

Turnstile_Yorkie says...

Goodbye to Matthew Brown who we are loosing after some fantastic stewarding work this year. He will be sadly missed about as much as Colin walker (not much) :P only jokin top lad and we at york city want to wish him the best for the future
Goodbye to Matthew Brown who we are loosing after some fantastic stewarding work this year. He will be sadly missed about as much as Colin walker (not much) :P only jokin top lad and we at york city want to wish him the best for the future Turnstile_Yorkie
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12:21am Sun 14 Jun 09

Who's The TW*T in the Black ? says...

Well i don't think he can be that bad since he is basically replacing mcbreen. But he is younger ad fitter and maybe win a few headers in the box and score a few goals.
Well i don't think he can be that bad since he is basically replacing mcbreen. But he is younger ad fitter and maybe win a few headers in the box and score a few goals. Who's The TW*T in the Black ?
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12:11pm Sun 14 Jun 09

rogue84 says...

i think this is a good signing. last season we had a goalscorer in Brodie (who still had room for improvement despite having a good campaign).
what we need to make sure is that other players start to chip in because our midfield were terrible in terms of goals.
Brodie, Boyes, Pacquette and Rankine look like our main men up-top now. there's height, strength, ability from outside the box, and plenty of running and effort - which in the BSP can create space and chances.
also remember that Andy Bishop and Clayton Donaldson were plucked from reserve football and succeeded here, lets give the guy a chance.
i think this is a good signing. last season we had a goalscorer in Brodie (who still had room for improvement despite having a good campaign). what we need to make sure is that other players start to chip in because our midfield were terrible in terms of goals. Brodie, Boyes, Pacquette and Rankine look like our main men up-top now. there's height, strength, ability from outside the box, and plenty of running and effort - which in the BSP can create space and chances. also remember that Andy Bishop and Clayton Donaldson were plucked from reserve football and succeeded here, lets give the guy a chance. rogue84
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5:04pm Sun 14 Jun 09

Imp says...

YORKCITYFC wrote:
Wonder if one of the midfielders we are signing is Jon Challinor from Cambridge..Martin says on BBC that one of the midfielders can cover at right back aswell, and Challinor can as he covered there for Cambridge last season.

Would be a good signing to create chances through the middle of the park.
I'd think more along the lines of Lawless at FGR.
[quote][p][bold]YORKCITYFC[/bold] wrote: Wonder if one of the midfielders we are signing is Jon Challinor from Cambridge..Martin says on BBC that one of the midfielders can cover at right back aswell, and Challinor can as he covered there for Cambridge last season. Would be a good signing to create chances through the middle of the park.[/p][/quote]I'd think more along the lines of Lawless at FGR. Imp
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8:31pm Sun 14 Jun 09

Meggaz says...

Imp wrote:
YORKCITYFC wrote: Wonder if one of the midfielders we are signing is Jon Challinor from Cambridge..Martin says on BBC that one of the midfielders can cover at right back aswell, and Challinor can as he covered there for Cambridge last season. Would be a good signing to create chances through the middle of the park.
I'd think more along the lines of Lawless at FGR.
Well Lawless is out of contract at Forest Green Rovers at the moment Mr Imp but didn't he break a leg (hairline fracture of the tibia I believe) when he played against us at The Cresent at the end of April? I think he spent six weeks or so in plaster so I would very much doubt whether he'll be fully fit or even close?

Still, I could well be wrong; I usually am!

I'd love Jon Challinor to come to York though. However, there's talk of a fee being needed but as he cost only £15k when he was transferred to Cambridge last season, we'd probably be able to get him for a reasonable sum.

We'll see. JC would certainly be on my wish-list anyway.....
[quote][p][bold]Imp[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]YORKCITYFC[/bold] wrote: Wonder if one of the midfielders we are signing is Jon Challinor from Cambridge..Martin says on BBC that one of the midfielders can cover at right back aswell, and Challinor can as he covered there for Cambridge last season. Would be a good signing to create chances through the middle of the park.[/p][/quote]I'd think more along the lines of Lawless at FGR.[/p][/quote]Well Lawless is out of contract at Forest Green Rovers at the moment Mr Imp but didn't he break a leg (hairline fracture of the tibia I believe) when he played against us at The Cresent at the end of April? I think he spent six weeks or so in plaster so I would very much doubt whether he'll be fully fit or even close? Still, I could well be wrong; I usually am! I'd love Jon Challinor to come to York though. However, there's talk of a fee being needed but as he cost only £15k when he was transferred to Cambridge last season, we'd probably be able to get him for a reasonable sum. We'll see. JC would certainly be on my wish-list anyway..... Meggaz
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11:28am Mon 15 Jun 09

Romfordpele says...

While I'm not entirely impressed with the signing of Rankine (I think there may have been better out there, particularly considering we had to pay a fee, though it did also get rid of Craig Farrell) I am pleased that Foyle realises the importance of having a physical presence up front, because you need to play 'ugly' at times in this league.

To have a hope of challenging at the top end of the table you need goals though, and from more than just one regular source. Hopefully both Smith and Nelthorpe can also contribute - last year it seemed our only attacking threats were a wonder strike from Brodie or a set piece for Greaves to nod in.
While I'm not entirely impressed with the signing of Rankine (I think there may have been better out there, particularly considering we had to pay a fee, though it did also get rid of Craig Farrell) I am pleased that Foyle realises the importance of having a physical presence up front, because you need to play 'ugly' at times in this league. To have a hope of challenging at the top end of the table you need goals though, and from more than just one regular source. Hopefully both Smith and Nelthorpe can also contribute - last year it seemed our only attacking threats were a wonder strike from Brodie or a set piece for Greaves to nod in. Romfordpele
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12:32pm Mon 15 Jun 09

y-front says...

I was quite affronted yesterday reading the non-league paper. They have us down as 4th favorites for the drop! I'm hoping they've formed this opinion without taking any notice at the attempts to rebuild the team. In any event, this may serve as a good incentive for the players who may feel (I hope) rather insulted by this prediction.
I was quite affronted yesterday reading the non-league paper. They have us down as 4th favorites for the drop! I'm hoping they've formed this opinion without taking any notice at the attempts to rebuild the team. In any event, this may serve as a good incentive for the players who may feel (I hope) rather insulted by this prediction. y-front
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1:58pm Mon 15 Jun 09

OLD - HEAD says...

y-front wrote:
I was quite affronted yesterday reading the non-league paper. They have us down as 4th favorites for the drop! I'm hoping they've formed this opinion without taking any notice at the attempts to rebuild the team. In any event, this may serve as a good incentive for the players who may feel (I hope) rather insulted by this prediction.
Yes I also read that report, I suppose that they are basing their predictions on last seasons form. To be honest it will be a monumental achievement to transform relegation fodder into play off material, within such a short time. But that is what we are all hoping for, and that is why I have renewed my season ticket. "Only time will tell".
[quote][p][bold]y-front[/bold] wrote: I was quite affronted yesterday reading the non-league paper. They have us down as 4th favorites for the drop! I'm hoping they've formed this opinion without taking any notice at the attempts to rebuild the team. In any event, this may serve as a good incentive for the players who may feel (I hope) rather insulted by this prediction.[/p][/quote]Yes I also read that report, I suppose that they are basing their predictions on last seasons form. To be honest it will be a monumental achievement to transform relegation fodder into play off material, within such a short time. But that is what we are all hoping for, and that is why I have renewed my season ticket. "Only time will tell". OLD - HEAD
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2:57pm Mon 15 Jun 09

Stretchydan says...

Sodje, going to Barnsley?
Sodje, going to Barnsley? Stretchydan
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3:03pm Mon 15 Jun 09

Stretchydan says...

Definately Barnsley. Check out the Barnsley FC website
Definately Barnsley. Check out the Barnsley FC website Stretchydan
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