Duane Courtney aims to relaunch League career with York City

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YORK City’s new right-back Duane Courtney believes he has joined a club that can match his desire for League football.

Courtney, 25, has signed for the Minstermen after turning down a new contact offer with mid-table Blue Square Premier rivals Kidderminster, where he spent last season.

He feels the Bootham Crescent club present a better prospect for promotion and a platform from which he can relaunch his career.

Courtney started out as a Premier League hopeful at Birmingham City but left St Andrews without making a senior appearance.

He went on to drop into non-League football with Telford, where Burnley beat Wolves to his signature by splashing out £25,000 for his services.

Courtney, then 20, enjoyed seven outings, including one full game, for the Clarets in the Championship and also played at Aston Villa in the League Cup but left after one season, joining Welsh club The New Saints for three years before moving to Kidderminster last summer.

Despite leaving Turf Moor in 2006, Courtney, pictured, still harbours ambitions of playing at the same level as his former club and believes City can help him achieve that goal.

He said: “I had a few options after deciding I didn’t want to stay at Kidderminster but York are a strong team who are looking to get back into the League and that goes hand in hand with what I want. I’ve had a taste of Championship football with Burnley and would like another taste.

“I could do that with York or, maybe, move on again because I’m looking to kick-start my career again. I had a bit of a blip after Burnley but being at Kidderminster and having a good season has given me that hunger again.

“I could see that same desire in York when I played against them last season. They are disappointed from missing out on promotion but, hopefully, we can achieve that next season.”

Courtney added that the Minstermen’s miserly defensive record last season of 26 clean sheets also appealed to him as he was weighing up his options for 2010/11.

He said: “I love strong defences. It always looks good on your CV going from season to season.

“I’ve always wanted to be part of that kind of consistency and we lacked it at Kidderminster last season. We had some good performances but we had some bad ones too.

“We were so up and down and you did not know what would happen from game to game.”

City boss Foyle has stated that Courtney will bring athleticism to the right-back role and, while reluctant to be drawn on his qualities, the 5ft 11in defender said: “I can run for 90 minutes up and down and get forward quite well, as well as getting back.

“I’m strong, quick and quite good in the air for my height. There are obviously things I need to improve on but I use the strengths I have to help me through games.”

Courtney is not fazed by a move away from his Midlands roots either, adding: “I’ve not played with anybody here before.

“I met Richard Pacquette on holiday once but he’s obviously left the club now. I don’t know anybody but I like having a fresh start and getting to know everybody.”

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12:19pm Thu 3 Jun 10

Colin Pratt says...

Good to hear, lets just hope he can deliver. The cap is ludicrous though, looks a fool.
Good to hear, lets just hope he can deliver. The cap is ludicrous though, looks a fool. Colin Pratt
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4:12pm Thu 3 Jun 10

rogue84 says...

i like the confidence of this guy. we need players that aren't gonna take any cr*p from other teams on the long, cold Tuesday nights at Histon etc.
i like the confidence of this guy. we need players that aren't gonna take any cr*p from other teams on the long, cold Tuesday nights at Histon etc. rogue84
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4:35pm Thu 3 Jun 10

jaybazza says...

Dont get me wrong, I dont normally throw stones first, but the way I read some of his comments are that York can help me get back into league football (or the championship) or help me kick start my career. So if another club higher up starts sniffing he'll be off....
Might just be the way i interpret some of his comments however, I am going to reserve judgment till I see what he is made of.
Dont get me wrong, I dont normally throw stones first, but the way I read some of his comments are that York can help me get back into league football (or the championship) or help me kick start my career. So if another club higher up starts sniffing he'll be off.... Might just be the way i interpret some of his comments however, I am going to reserve judgment till I see what he is made of. jaybazza
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4:57pm Thu 3 Jun 10

calders says...

jaybazza wrote:
Dont get me wrong, I dont normally throw stones first, but the way I read some of his comments are that York can help me get back into league football (or the championship) or help me kick start my career. So if another club higher up starts sniffing he'll be off.... Might just be the way i interpret some of his comments however, I am going to reserve judgment till I see what he is made of.
True enough -but let's be clear -the only way he'll attract other clubs is by doing the business. Footballers come and go - but they go up or down on how they perform. If he helps us up he can go to a higher club with my blessing on what is a short career for a family man. Achieve your ambition Duane by helping us to achieve ours.
[quote][p][bold]jaybazza[/bold] wrote: Dont get me wrong, I dont normally throw stones first, but the way I read some of his comments are that York can help me get back into league football (or the championship) or help me kick start my career. So if another club higher up starts sniffing he'll be off.... Might just be the way i interpret some of his comments however, I am going to reserve judgment till I see what he is made of.[/p][/quote]True enough -but let's be clear -the only way he'll attract other clubs is by doing the business. Footballers come and go - but they go up or down on how they perform. If he helps us up he can go to a higher club with my blessing on what is a short career for a family man. Achieve your ambition Duane by helping us to achieve ours. calders
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9:39pm Thu 3 Jun 10

fewster says...

Graham signed for Kettering
Graham signed for Kettering fewster
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7:30am Fri 4 Jun 10

Monkey2 says...

calders wrote:
jaybazza wrote:
Dont get me wrong, I dont normally throw stones first, but the way I read some of his comments are that York can help me get back into league football (or the championship) or help me kick start my career. So if another club higher up starts sniffing he'll be off.... Might just be the way i interpret some of his comments however, I am going to reserve judgment till I see what he is made of.
True enough -but let's be clear -the only way he'll attract other clubs is by doing the business. Footballers come and go - but they go up or down on how they perform. If he helps us up he can go to a higher club with my blessing on what is a short career for a family man. Achieve your ambition Duane by helping us to achieve ours.
Spot on. The lad's not even pulled on the shirt in anger yet, we can hardly expect him to say he loves City and wants to finish his career here... Give him a couple of months and he probably will ;-)

It's unusual to hear such honesty from a footballer, normally it's just platitudes. This is very refreshing after the coquetish responses from the likes of Fabregas and Torres when asked about their future
[quote][p][bold]calders[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jaybazza[/bold] wrote: Dont get me wrong, I dont normally throw stones first, but the way I read some of his comments are that York can help me get back into league football (or the championship) or help me kick start my career. So if another club higher up starts sniffing he'll be off.... Might just be the way i interpret some of his comments however, I am going to reserve judgment till I see what he is made of.[/p][/quote]True enough -but let's be clear -the only way he'll attract other clubs is by doing the business. Footballers come and go - but they go up or down on how they perform. If he helps us up he can go to a higher club with my blessing on what is a short career for a family man. Achieve your ambition Duane by helping us to achieve ours.[/p][/quote]Spot on. The lad's not even pulled on the shirt in anger yet, we can hardly expect him to say he loves City and wants to finish his career here... Give him a couple of months and he probably will ;-) It's unusual to hear such honesty from a footballer, normally it's just platitudes. This is very refreshing after the coquetish responses from the likes of Fabregas and Torres when asked about their future Monkey2
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8:55am Fri 4 Jun 10

y-front says...

Monkey2 wrote:
calders wrote:
jaybazza wrote: Dont get me wrong, I dont normally throw stones first, but the way I read some of his comments are that York can help me get back into league football (or the championship) or help me kick start my career. So if another club higher up starts sniffing he'll be off.... Might just be the way i interpret some of his comments however, I am going to reserve judgment till I see what he is made of.
True enough -but let's be clear -the only way he'll attract other clubs is by doing the business. Footballers come and go - but they go up or down on how they perform. If he helps us up he can go to a higher club with my blessing on what is a short career for a family man. Achieve your ambition Duane by helping us to achieve ours.
Spot on. The lad's not even pulled on the shirt in anger yet, we can hardly expect him to say he loves City and wants to finish his career here... Give him a couple of months and he probably will ;-) It's unusual to hear such honesty from a footballer, normally it's just platitudes. This is very refreshing after the coquetish responses from the likes of Fabregas and Torres when asked about their future
Amen to those comments. Isn't it the case that new signings say pretty much the same thing every pre-season? Nevertheless, he and the other new boys deserve the backing of all the fans. Unless they prove to be...er...not much cop, (which won't happen of course)
[quote][p][bold]Monkey2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]calders[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jaybazza[/bold] wrote: Dont get me wrong, I dont normally throw stones first, but the way I read some of his comments are that York can help me get back into league football (or the championship) or help me kick start my career. So if another club higher up starts sniffing he'll be off.... Might just be the way i interpret some of his comments however, I am going to reserve judgment till I see what he is made of.[/p][/quote]True enough -but let's be clear -the only way he'll attract other clubs is by doing the business. Footballers come and go - but they go up or down on how they perform. If he helps us up he can go to a higher club with my blessing on what is a short career for a family man. Achieve your ambition Duane by helping us to achieve ours.[/p][/quote]Spot on. The lad's not even pulled on the shirt in anger yet, we can hardly expect him to say he loves City and wants to finish his career here... Give him a couple of months and he probably will ;-) It's unusual to hear such honesty from a footballer, normally it's just platitudes. This is very refreshing after the coquetish responses from the likes of Fabregas and Torres when asked about their future[/p][/quote]Amen to those comments. Isn't it the case that new signings say pretty much the same thing every pre-season? Nevertheless, he and the other new boys deserve the backing of all the fans. Unless they prove to be...er...not much cop, (which won't happen of course) y-front
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11:10am Fri 4 Jun 10

cityred1967 says...

Luke Graham has signed a 2 year contract with Kettering Town
Luke Graham has signed a 2 year contract with Kettering Town cityred1967
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11:45am Fri 4 Jun 10

Nick Tolliss says...

I have to say that I am gutted that Graham won't be with us next season, but I do understand why he has left, so best of luck to him. I am getting a little concerned about the lack of transfer activity. Lots of other Blue Square teams are bringing some good useful players in. Martin needs to get back from his holiday and improve the squad soon as I am impresed with some of the purchases being made by certain teams!!!
I have to say that I am gutted that Graham won't be with us next season, but I do understand why he has left, so best of luck to him. I am getting a little concerned about the lack of transfer activity. Lots of other Blue Square teams are bringing some good useful players in. Martin needs to get back from his holiday and improve the squad soon as I am impresed with some of the purchases being made by certain teams!!! Nick Tolliss
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12:01pm Fri 4 Jun 10

duffy says...

Nick Tolliss wrote:
I have to say that I am gutted that Graham won't be with us next season, but I do understand why he has left, so best of luck to him. I am getting a little concerned about the lack of transfer activity. Lots of other Blue Square teams are bringing some good useful players in. Martin needs to get back from his holiday and improve the squad soon as I am impresed with some of the purchases being made by certain teams!!!
Are you, i'm not. Luton have signed quality players but that's about it. He acted quickly to plug the gaps in defence with 2 quality signings and stated before he went on holiday that another signing was a good as compleated, if that's a midfield/winger we only need 2/3 more signings and there are still weeks to go.
[quote][p][bold]Nick Tolliss[/bold] wrote: I have to say that I am gutted that Graham won't be with us next season, but I do understand why he has left, so best of luck to him. I am getting a little concerned about the lack of transfer activity. Lots of other Blue Square teams are bringing some good useful players in. Martin needs to get back from his holiday and improve the squad soon as I am impresed with some of the purchases being made by certain teams!!![/p][/quote]Are you, i'm not. Luton have signed quality players but that's about it. He acted quickly to plug the gaps in defence with 2 quality signings and stated before he went on holiday that another signing was a good as compleated, if that's a midfield/winger we only need 2/3 more signings and there are still weeks to go. duffy
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12:13pm Fri 4 Jun 10

jaybazza says...

I think the lack of signings is a similar situation to last season, we didnt rush things and theres no point singing any useless donkeys that cant kick a ball to save their life, or that have no commitment to the club.
I think MF is most likely working behind the scenes to get the players he needs. The main priority is replacing players lost and gaps that needed filling.
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In regards to Graham going it is a shame, as he was a class act. I remeber watching him at Alty and thinking he was a poor show, since then he became one of our better defenders. I wish him all the best at Kettering. This paves the way for Jimmy to show us what he is capable of... or for one of our other defenders to improve their game.
I think the lack of signings is a similar situation to last season, we didnt rush things and theres no point singing any useless donkeys that cant kick a ball to save their life, or that have no commitment to the club. I think MF is most likely working behind the scenes to get the players he needs. The main priority is replacing players lost and gaps that needed filling. . In regards to Graham going it is a shame, as he was a class act. I remeber watching him at Alty and thinking he was a poor show, since then he became one of our better defenders. I wish him all the best at Kettering. This paves the way for Jimmy to show us what he is capable of... or for one of our other defenders to improve their game. jaybazza
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12:25pm Fri 4 Jun 10

Monkey2 says...

jaybazza wrote:
I think the lack of signings is a similar situation to last season, we didnt rush things and theres no point singing any useless donkeys that cant kick a ball to save their life, or that have no commitment to the club. I think MF is most likely working behind the scenes to get the players he needs. The main priority is replacing players lost and gaps that needed filling. . In regards to Graham going it is a shame, as he was a class act. I remeber watching him at Alty and thinking he was a poor show, since then he became one of our better defenders. I wish him all the best at Kettering. This paves the way for Jimmy to show us what he is capable of... or for one of our other defenders to improve their game.
I'd imagine that the centre half gap left by Graham, is to be filled by Greg Young- who will be more than capable of filling those shoes.

I think that Jimmy will be used in several areas of the park before he gets put in the centre of defence- pretty sure MF said he wants him as a utility player; either as cover at RB, a holding midfielder, or even as a forward.

I really can't see Danny P getting that many games this season either- so it's a TY/Young partnership for me.
[quote][p][bold]jaybazza[/bold] wrote: I think the lack of signings is a similar situation to last season, we didnt rush things and theres no point singing any useless donkeys that cant kick a ball to save their life, or that have no commitment to the club. I think MF is most likely working behind the scenes to get the players he needs. The main priority is replacing players lost and gaps that needed filling. . In regards to Graham going it is a shame, as he was a class act. I remeber watching him at Alty and thinking he was a poor show, since then he became one of our better defenders. I wish him all the best at Kettering. This paves the way for Jimmy to show us what he is capable of... or for one of our other defenders to improve their game.[/p][/quote]I'd imagine that the centre half gap left by Graham, is to be filled by Greg Young- who will be more than capable of filling those shoes. I think that Jimmy will be used in several areas of the park before he gets put in the centre of defence- pretty sure MF said he wants him as a utility player; either as cover at RB, a holding midfielder, or even as a forward. I really can't see Danny P getting that many games this season either- so it's a TY/Young partnership for me. Monkey2
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12:35pm Fri 4 Jun 10

duffy says...

Monkey2 wrote:
jaybazza wrote: I think the lack of signings is a similar situation to last season, we didnt rush things and theres no point singing any useless donkeys that cant kick a ball to save their life, or that have no commitment to the club. I think MF is most likely working behind the scenes to get the players he needs. The main priority is replacing players lost and gaps that needed filling. . In regards to Graham going it is a shame, as he was a class act. I remeber watching him at Alty and thinking he was a poor show, since then he became one of our better defenders. I wish him all the best at Kettering. This paves the way for Jimmy to show us what he is capable of... or for one of our other defenders to improve their game.
I'd imagine that the centre half gap left by Graham, is to be filled by Greg Young- who will be more than capable of filling those shoes. I think that Jimmy will be used in several areas of the park before he gets put in the centre of defence- pretty sure MF said he wants him as a utility player; either as cover at RB, a holding midfielder, or even as a forward. I really can't see Danny P getting that many games this season either- so it's a TY/Young partnership for me.
Sangare will never be more than a back up player,he makes too many mistakes. Young is the direct replacement for Graham who was a class act.
[quote][p][bold]Monkey2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jaybazza[/bold] wrote: I think the lack of signings is a similar situation to last season, we didnt rush things and theres no point singing any useless donkeys that cant kick a ball to save their life, or that have no commitment to the club. I think MF is most likely working behind the scenes to get the players he needs. The main priority is replacing players lost and gaps that needed filling. . In regards to Graham going it is a shame, as he was a class act. I remeber watching him at Alty and thinking he was a poor show, since then he became one of our better defenders. I wish him all the best at Kettering. This paves the way for Jimmy to show us what he is capable of... or for one of our other defenders to improve their game.[/p][/quote]I'd imagine that the centre half gap left by Graham, is to be filled by Greg Young- who will be more than capable of filling those shoes. I think that Jimmy will be used in several areas of the park before he gets put in the centre of defence- pretty sure MF said he wants him as a utility player; either as cover at RB, a holding midfielder, or even as a forward. I really can't see Danny P getting that many games this season either- so it's a TY/Young partnership for me.[/p][/quote]Sangare will never be more than a back up player,he makes too many mistakes. Young is the direct replacement for Graham who was a class act. duffy
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1:15pm Fri 4 Jun 10

YORKCITYFC says...

Other than giving away a couple of debatable penalties I can't really think of Jimmy making too many mistakes, he is strong in the tackle and in the air, plus he chips in with some vital goals and assists. If he can clear up his injuries he would be first choice for me.
Other than giving away a couple of debatable penalties I can't really think of Jimmy making too many mistakes, he is strong in the tackle and in the air, plus he chips in with some vital goals and assists. If he can clear up his injuries he would be first choice for me. YORKCITYFC
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4:53pm Fri 4 Jun 10

jaybazza says...

YORKCITYFC wrote:
Other than giving away a couple of debatable penalties I can't really think of Jimmy making too many mistakes, he is strong in the tackle and in the air, plus he chips in with some vital goals and assists. If he can clear up his injuries he would be first choice for me.
I agree, other than the daft penalty he has been a competant player that providing he can keep fit, would be in my first 11. He is capable of creating chances, and is more than a decent threat from set pieces.
I dont think he is an out and out centre back, I think he is better suited as a right back, or even a defensive midfielder, its not up to me to pick the team though.
[quote][p][bold]YORKCITYFC[/bold] wrote: Other than giving away a couple of debatable penalties I can't really think of Jimmy making too many mistakes, he is strong in the tackle and in the air, plus he chips in with some vital goals and assists. If he can clear up his injuries he would be first choice for me.[/p][/quote]I agree, other than the daft penalty he has been a competant player that providing he can keep fit, would be in my first 11. He is capable of creating chances, and is more than a decent threat from set pieces. I dont think he is an out and out centre back, I think he is better suited as a right back, or even a defensive midfielder, its not up to me to pick the team though. jaybazza
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5:03pm Fri 4 Jun 10

duffy says...

He had a handfull in one game alone where he gave the ball away twice and left a player steaming in on goal. He has the turning circle of a carthorse, can't time a tackle, and jumps in far too quickly. I honestly think people have a total blindspot when it's comes to Jimmy.
He had a handfull in one game alone where he gave the ball away twice and left a player steaming in on goal. He has the turning circle of a carthorse, can't time a tackle, and jumps in far too quickly. I honestly think people have a total blindspot when it's comes to Jimmy. duffy
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5:06pm Fri 4 Jun 10

OLD - HEAD says...

I think that Luke Graham could have played at Football League level, but he obviously chose Kettering to stay near his family home, good luck to him. The probable reason why our transfer dealings appear to have stopped - isnt Martin Foyle away on holiday?.
I think that Luke Graham could have played at Football League level, but he obviously chose Kettering to stay near his family home, good luck to him. The probable reason why our transfer dealings appear to have stopped - isnt Martin Foyle away on holiday?. OLD - HEAD
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5:37pm Fri 4 Jun 10

calders says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
I think that Luke Graham could have played at Football League level, but he obviously chose Kettering to stay near his family home, good luck to him. The probable reason why our transfer dealings appear to have stopped - isnt Martin Foyle away on holiday?.
Luke wil be missed but MF knew that before he himself said he was off on his hols. He replaced both players that we knew were off and said another deal was almost complete. He also mentioned long term loans and this season, unlike me last season, I think we should respect his views and timetable.
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: I think that Luke Graham could have played at Football League level, but he obviously chose Kettering to stay near his family home, good luck to him. The probable reason why our transfer dealings appear to have stopped - isnt Martin Foyle away on holiday?.[/p][/quote]Luke wil be missed but MF knew that before he himself said he was off on his hols. He replaced both players that we knew were off and said another deal was almost complete. He also mentioned long term loans and this season, unlike me last season, I think we should respect his views and timetable. calders
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