Martin Foyle releases seven players as Ben Purkiss turns down York City deal

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York City right-back Ben Purkiss has turned down a second contract offer at Bootham Crescent.

But Minstermen chief Martin Foyle is hoping Northampton-based defender Luke Graham will commit his future to the club despite his geographical reservations, and midfielder Levi Mackin has also been offered a new deal.

As reported on our website, thepress.co.uk yesterday, Foyle released seven senior players following City’s 3-1 Blue Square Premier play-off final defeat against Oxford at the weekend.

Josh Mimms, Richard Pacquette, Jamie Clarke and Kevin Gall have all been given free transfers, while Craig Nelthorpe, Alan O’Hare and Simon Russell were also told they were surplus to requirements after ending the season on loan with Luton, Gainsborough and Cambridge respectively.

Midfielder Paul Harsley and winger Courtney Pitt, meanwhile, have returned to their parent clubs and Adam Smith and Djoumin Sangare are expected to be invited back for pre-season to prove their form and fitness before decisions over their futures are made.

Youth-team pair Dean Lisles and Jamie Hopcutt have been offered non-contract terms with 11 players – Michael Ingham, David McGurk, Daniel Parslow, James Meredith, Alex Lawless, Neil Barrett, Chris Carruthers, Michael Rankine, Richard Brodie, Michael Gash and Andy McWilliams – already under contract for 2010/11.

Speaking about out-of-contract trio Purkiss, Graham and Mackin, Foyle said: “Luke Graham has done great since coming in. He’s a good pro and we have had a good chat.

“He enjoys working for me and we get on well together. He will be talking the contract over with his missus, so we will have to wait and see.

“Levi has also taken his contract away to look at, but Ben has turned down a second offer. The door is still open and I might try to help him in another way, but I have to keep looking for other players in any case.”

The City boss added that he might consider a permanent move for Harsley, but would not be pursuing his interest in Pitt.

He said: “The door is still open with Hars. His wages at Chesterfield are nowhere near what I could offer but we will keep in touch. We took Courtney on short term but he probably did not deliver as much as we hoped.”

Foyle was loathe to criticise any of the players who failed to make his retained list however, saying: “I’d like to thank all the players for their contributions.

“They have all done well and have had a part to play in our mini success but, unfortunately, we came up a bit short.”

Explaining Smith and Sangare’s situations, Foyle said: “Talks are ongoing with Adam and Jimmy and I’ve given them honest opinions about what I need. Adam was fantastic before Christmas and Jimmy also did really well but I haven’t seen enough of them in terms of appearances.

“The ball is in their court really. If they come back and do the business for me, I will look after them.”

Foyle explained that the decision to release reserve ’keeper Mimms could work in the player’s best interests after he only made two first-team appearances last season.

“It’s been done partly to help Josh,” the City manager said. “His attitude has been fantastic and he’s never been a problem for me or let me down.

“But sometimes you can wear people down in football and I think he’s in that situation. I hope he will be thanking me in three months’ time when he’s playing regular first-team football somewhere else.”

Foyle will now be considering his options as he looks to replace Mimms.

He is undecided on the future of goalkeeper coach Simon Miotto, who is also registered as a player, until he has full details of his wage budget for next season.

Foyle also added that it would be too early to promote highly-rated youth-team ’keeper Ben White to the first-team squad, saying: “He’s only a first year and needs a fair bit of coaching but he might be ready in 12 months or two years’ time.

“I’ll still be looking for somebody to put pressure on Michael Ingham though. You can always use the loan market and the talks with Simon are ongoing.

“I’ve spoken to the chairman and I need to know exactly what I can do. If we had got into the Football League, it might have been a bit more.”

Foyle admitted that missing out on promotion also influenced his decision to only retain the services of centre-back Lisles and winger Hopcutt from the second-year apprentices who helped last season’s youth team finish runners-up in the Football League Youth Alliance North East Conference table with Kingsley Wetherald, Adam Scorfield, Nick Thompson, Ryan Qualter, Dom Brown and Michael Duckworth all released.

The City manager now intends to ensure Lisles and Hopcutt both get a quick taste of senior football.

He said: “Dean Lisles is probably a bit stronger and we will be looking to get him out on loan. Jamie Hopcutt has been eye-catching in boys’ football but has a slighter build so we will see how he looks in the summer before deciding whether he is ready to play against men.

“We will be looking after them and the only reason we have offered them non-contract terms is because if they were on professional terms they can only go to three clubs on loan during the season.”

Another former youth-team graduate Andy McWilliams could further his experience away from the club too during the second year of his professional contract, having only made three substitute appearances for the first team last season.

Foyle added: “Andy was given a two-year contract last summer as a reward for playing 20 games for me. I saw some potential but we raised the bar last summer and attracted better players who have done well.

“He will have another chance to break into the team during pre-season. Otherwise, we will look to get him out on loan to continue his development.”


York City squad

Contracted: James Meredith, David McGurk, Daniel Parslow, Michael Gash, Andy McWilliams, Alex Lawless, Neil Barrett, Michael Rankine, Richard Brodie, Michael Ingham, Chris Carruthers.

In talks: Djoumin Sangare, Adam Smith, Simon Miotto.

Contracts offered: Ben Purkiss, Levi Mackin, Luke Graham, Dean Lisles, Jamie Hopcutt.

Released: Richard Pacquette, Josh Mimms, Jamie Clarke, Kevin Gall, Alan O’Hare, Simon Russell, Craig Nelthorpe, Ryan Qualter, Kingsley Wetherald, Dominic Brown, Michael Duckworth, Adam Scorfield, Nick Thompson.

Loans ended: Paul Harsley (Chesterfield), Courtney Pitt (Cambridge).

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12:23pm Wed 19 May 10

alimount says...

Same as last year then Ben? Progress not good enough for you?
Same as last year then Ben? Progress not good enough for you? alimount

12:38pm Wed 19 May 10

Sir Alex says...

If we got a more attacking/better crossing right back in the Meredith or Oxford guy's mould then the 4 3 3 system may be better for us with Gash/Brodie/Rankine combo upfront.
Hopefully Danny is not no. 1 option for that role.
If we got a more attacking/better crossing right back in the Meredith or Oxford guy's mould then the 4 3 3 system may be better for us with Gash/Brodie/Rankine combo upfront. Hopefully Danny is not no. 1 option for that role. Sir Alex

12:43pm Wed 19 May 10

yorko66 says...

Purkiss is ok but he is not dynamic enough going forward. i think its time to get a more attack minded right back. parslow is not the answer he is a centre half and will always be. last year it was the clubs ambition stalled him signing. I think he may find hes not as good as he thinks he is and may struggle to find a better club. Sad about Josh Mimms i just hope we dont have another stockdale situation when he gets sold on for a large cash sum by his next club. Im nearly over the upset of sunday august cant come soon enough. come on you reds
Purkiss is ok but he is not dynamic enough going forward. i think its time to get a more attack minded right back. parslow is not the answer he is a centre half and will always be. last year it was the clubs ambition stalled him signing. I think he may find hes not as good as he thinks he is and may struggle to find a better club. Sad about Josh Mimms i just hope we dont have another stockdale situation when he gets sold on for a large cash sum by his next club. Im nearly over the upset of sunday august cant come soon enough. come on you reds yorko66

12:43pm Wed 19 May 10

Wilbur says...

Foyle - "Courtney did not deliver as much as we hoped.”

Well he certainly didn't delivery that corner on Sunday!
Foyle - "Courtney did not deliver as much as we hoped.” Well he certainly didn't delivery that corner on Sunday! Wilbur

1:05pm Wed 19 May 10

old_school_minsterman says...

Yet again we get held to ransome by Purkiss...withdraw the contract offer and send him on his way. Our right hand side was the weakest part of the team last year so lets hope a change of full back solves the problem. I agree with all decisions on the released players. Slightly suprised they offered Parslow a new deal but if they are uncertain on Luke Graham signing that is fair enough.
Yet again we get held to ransome by Purkiss...withdraw the contract offer and send him on his way. Our right hand side was the weakest part of the team last year so lets hope a change of full back solves the problem. I agree with all decisions on the released players. Slightly suprised they offered Parslow a new deal but if they are uncertain on Luke Graham signing that is fair enough. old_school_minsterman

1:21pm Wed 19 May 10

Some old bloke says...

We don't know the details re Purkiss but I assume he's been offered something similar to the other players. If that's not good enough and he doesn't have enough commitment to the club, let him go. He's been good for City but not so good that he can hold the club to ransom.
We don't know the details re Purkiss but I assume he's been offered something similar to the other players. If that's not good enough and he doesn't have enough commitment to the club, let him go. He's been good for City but not so good that he can hold the club to ransom. Some old bloke

1:27pm Wed 19 May 10

YORKCITYFC says...

If Purkiss doesn't want to stay, we could try to get Gleeson from Cambridge who is out of contract.
Greg Young Alty centre back rumoured to be signing aswell
If Purkiss doesn't want to stay, we could try to get Gleeson from Cambridge who is out of contract. Greg Young Alty centre back rumoured to be signing aswell YORKCITYFC

1:38pm Wed 19 May 10

Longhurster says...

Agree with all the comments re Purkiss. As someone who has never quite got what some people see in him I wouldn't expect it to be too difficult to find a more than adequate replacement (but NOT Parslow)
Agree with all the comments re Purkiss. As someone who has never quite got what some people see in him I wouldn't expect it to be too difficult to find a more than adequate replacement (but NOT Parslow) Longhurster

2:04pm Wed 19 May 10

mulletman says...

Darius Charles has gone to Stevenage so that's one of the centre back options gone. Good player but never likely to make the move north anyway.
Darius Charles has gone to Stevenage so that's one of the centre back options gone. Good player but never likely to make the move north anyway. mulletman

2:22pm Wed 19 May 10

JohnnyByrne says...

Gleeson has already signed for Luton I believe.
Gleeson has already signed for Luton I believe. JohnnyByrne

2:24pm Wed 19 May 10

JohnnyByrne says...

YORKCITYFC wrote:
If Purkiss doesn't want to stay, we could try to get Gleeson from Cambridge who is out of contract. Greg Young Alty centre back rumoured to be signing aswell
Gleeson has already signed for Luton I believe.
[quote][p][bold]YORKCITYFC[/bold] wrote: If Purkiss doesn't want to stay, we could try to get Gleeson from Cambridge who is out of contract. Greg Young Alty centre back rumoured to be signing aswell[/p][/quote]Gleeson has already signed for Luton I believe. JohnnyByrne

2:39pm Wed 19 May 10

JohnnyByrne says...

So Purkiss has been down this road before. OK he's a decent player but I think he is better than he thinks he is. He did OK at the weekend but his crossing was dire. I thought Oxfords right back Damien Batt was one of the best players on the park at the weekend and they got him on a free so there are other quality right backs out there. We want players who want to play for York and I'm not sure he is committed to the cause. I can understand him wanting to improve his salary and playing at a higher standard but if your good enough then that will happen naturally. I think we all feel that we need to strengthen the midfield as we need more creation in there to support the front two and quality is hard to find for the right cost. There are going to be more changes and I would suspect surprises in the transfer marker before the season starts so let’s be prepared for some offers for the players who are still contracted. Let’s not forget about Foyle & Porter either who have done a sterling job and have not harmed their reputation at all so I would not be surprised if another club comes in for them!
So Purkiss has been down this road before. OK he's a decent player but I think he is better than he thinks he is. He did OK at the weekend but his crossing was dire. I thought Oxfords right back Damien Batt was one of the best players on the park at the weekend and they got him on a free so there are other quality right backs out there. We want players who want to play for York and I'm not sure he is committed to the cause. I can understand him wanting to improve his salary and playing at a higher standard but if your good enough then that will happen naturally. I think we all feel that we need to strengthen the midfield as we need more creation in there to support the front two and quality is hard to find for the right cost. There are going to be more changes and I would suspect surprises in the transfer marker before the season starts so let’s be prepared for some offers for the players who are still contracted. Let’s not forget about Foyle & Porter either who have done a sterling job and have not harmed their reputation at all so I would not be surprised if another club comes in for them! JohnnyByrne

2:41pm Wed 19 May 10

OLD - HEAD says...

Ben Purkiss would be the last player I would break the budget to keep. Like others who have commented, I can not enthuse about him. Anyone who saw Purkiss at Wembley will know what I mean, after giving the ball away numerous times, his head was one of the first to drop. He is not physically strong enough, and I have often questioned his commitment. If we can bring in some much needed mid-field quality, Alex Lawless would be a lot better right back replacement than Danny Parslow. Darius Charles going to Stevenage is no great suprise, I bet they get him cheaply as well.
Ben Purkiss would be the last player I would break the budget to keep. Like others who have commented, I can not enthuse about him. Anyone who saw Purkiss at Wembley will know what I mean, after giving the ball away numerous times, his head was one of the first to drop. He is not physically strong enough, and I have often questioned his commitment. If we can bring in some much needed mid-field quality, Alex Lawless would be a lot better right back replacement than Danny Parslow. Darius Charles going to Stevenage is no great suprise, I bet they get him cheaply as well. OLD - HEAD

2:54pm Wed 19 May 10

pedalo paula says...

See City missed out on David Villa, when will the big signings come??
See City missed out on David Villa, when will the big signings come?? pedalo paula

2:59pm Wed 19 May 10

Nick Tolliss says...

pedalo paula wrote:
See City missed out on David Villa, when will the big signings come??
We don't need him Pedalo as we have Brodie, but we need an attacking midfielder. I suggest that we go for Messi.
[quote][p][bold]pedalo paula[/bold] wrote: See City missed out on David Villa, when will the big signings come??[/p][/quote]We don't need him Pedalo as we have Brodie, but we need an attacking midfielder. I suggest that we go for Messi. Nick Tolliss

3:21pm Wed 19 May 10

Sir Alex says...

Below the BSP its all getting a bit mickey mouse.

The BSN only had TWO teams 'relegated' (cos Farsley went bust) but next years draft line-up includes a total of THREE 'reprieved' teams!! Work that one out!
Below the BSP its all getting a bit mickey mouse. The BSN only had TWO teams 'relegated' (cos Farsley went bust) but next years draft line-up includes a total of THREE 'reprieved' teams!! Work that one out! Sir Alex

5:09pm Wed 19 May 10

duffy says...

Smith has signed for mansfield
Smith has signed for mansfield duffy

5:18pm Wed 19 May 10

Yorkfrog says...

Say bye to Ben Purkiss, the lad is a crank and he's not good enough
Say bye to Ben Purkiss, the lad is a crank and he's not good enough Yorkfrog

5:21pm Wed 19 May 10

Army Man says...

Dont undersatnd the reason behind having a youth team if they are never given the chance to prove themselves, i have watched most of the reserve games this year including the NRSCup final against Stokesley, Duckworth looked as though he was good enough to play at the right back position, a position we are now struggling to fill with Purkiss turning down a contract and Paslow not being anywere good enough in that position!!!
Dont undersatnd the reason behind having a youth team if they are never given the chance to prove themselves, i have watched most of the reserve games this year including the NRSCup final against Stokesley, Duckworth looked as though he was good enough to play at the right back position, a position we are now struggling to fill with Purkiss turning down a contract and Paslow not being anywere good enough in that position!!! Army Man

5:23pm Wed 19 May 10

PDH says...

Can't have the same again with Purkiss. Decent player but nothing special and obv YCFC is not in his heart. Give in to him and it will rock the boat with the other players. Let him go, he obv does not want to KEEP THE FAITH theres plenty of good (better) right backs out there.
PDH
Can't have the same again with Purkiss. Decent player but nothing special and obv YCFC is not in his heart. Give in to him and it will rock the boat with the other players. Let him go, he obv does not want to KEEP THE FAITH theres plenty of good (better) right backs out there. PDH PDH

5:33pm Wed 19 May 10

pieandapintlass says...

Maybe if the Club offered Purkiss more than a 1 year deal at a time he might be more inclined to sign on the line. I going to go against all you, IMO Purkiss was one of the best players on the pitch sunday and we should try and keep him along with Adam Smith, Foyle has sucked the confidence out of him. He would of had a field day on that pitch sunday. If neither of them decide to stay, well good luck to them both, I will be sorry to see them go. We would have to replace them with quality players though. Whoever called Purkiss a crank, thats not necessary is it?
Maybe if the Club offered Purkiss more than a 1 year deal at a time he might be more inclined to sign on the line. I going to go against all you, IMO Purkiss was one of the best players on the pitch sunday and we should try and keep him along with Adam Smith, Foyle has sucked the confidence out of him. He would of had a field day on that pitch sunday. If neither of them decide to stay, well good luck to them both, I will be sorry to see them go. We would have to replace them with quality players though. Whoever called Purkiss a crank, thats not necessary is it? pieandapintlass

8:20pm Wed 19 May 10

Brodies Mullet says...

This is all nonsense. The lad has been arguably the best RB in the league the last 2 years and a major factor in this season's performances. Its bitter to say he's not good enough as he clearly is. Maybe he just wants more than a 1 yr contract? I wouldnt be surprised to see Stevenage or Oxford take him to League 2 with them. Its a blow but things still look good for City.
This is all nonsense. The lad has been arguably the best RB in the league the last 2 years and a major factor in this season's performances. Its bitter to say he's not good enough as he clearly is. Maybe he just wants more than a 1 yr contract? I wouldnt be surprised to see Stevenage or Oxford take him to League 2 with them. Its a blow but things still look good for City. Brodies Mullet

9:07pm Wed 19 May 10

Southern Exile says...

Bye bye Ben...

I don't agree with the comments above. Defensively he is weak and his crossing is inconsistent. Yes we need a right back to replace him as Parslow can't play there but time to get realistic with Mr Purkiss...
Bye bye Ben... I don't agree with the comments above. Defensively he is weak and his crossing is inconsistent. Yes we need a right back to replace him as Parslow can't play there but time to get realistic with Mr Purkiss... Southern Exile

11:31pm Wed 19 May 10

Realitytime says...

Army Man wrote:
Dont undersatnd the reason behind having a youth team if they are never given the chance to prove themselves, i have watched most of the reserve games this year including the NRSCup final against Stokesley, Duckworth looked as though he was good enough to play at the right back position, a position we are now struggling to fill with Purkiss turning down a contract and Paslow not being anywere good enough in that position!!!
Could not agree more with you 'Army Man'
I too have seen many a youth game this season and thought the boy Duckworth looked the part at RB. What on earth is Foyle wanting from his youth players? We have a York born an bread RB probably busting to play for City, but instead Foyle your **** footing around Purkiss again instead of giving successful youth players the chance!
I really hope the lad Duckworth comes back to bite you one day Foyle as you cant seem to see the wood for the trees...
[quote][p][bold]Army Man[/bold] wrote: Dont undersatnd the reason behind having a youth team if they are never given the chance to prove themselves, i have watched most of the reserve games this year including the NRSCup final against Stokesley, Duckworth looked as though he was good enough to play at the right back position, a position we are now struggling to fill with Purkiss turning down a contract and Paslow not being anywere good enough in that position!!![/p][/quote]Could not agree more with you 'Army Man' I too have seen many a youth game this season and thought the boy Duckworth looked the part at RB. What on earth is Foyle wanting from his youth players? We have a York born an bread RB probably busting to play for City, but instead Foyle your **** footing around Purkiss again instead of giving successful youth players the chance! I really hope the lad Duckworth comes back to bite you one day Foyle as you cant seem to see the wood for the trees... Realitytime

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