RELEASED winger David McDermott has been given a second chance by York City’s new manager Gary Mills.
Former caretaker chief Andy Porter showed McDermott the door at Bootham Crescent last month, but the one-time Kidderminster winger has been handed another short-term contract with the Minstermen.
Mills is a long-time admirer of McDermott, having monitored him at close quarters while in charge of Kidderminster’s neighbours Tamworth.
The 22-year-old midfielder signed for City after impressing during a pre-season trial but only managed four substitute appearances before being told he had no future at the club.
His last outing came in the 5-0 mauling at Mansfield, which proved to be Martin Foyle’s last game in charge, but Mills is pleased to welcome him back into the fray.
The City boss said: “I’ve taken David McDermott back for another month.
“I know him from the Midlands and have tried to sign him a couple of times in the past, so I’m aware of his qualities.
“It just seemed daft to have somebody like that unavailable and not playing, so I had a chat with him and he’s back training with us.
“He’s never worked for me before so it’s a fresh start for him and I think the way I like my teams to play will suit him down to the ground as well.
“I said at the weekend that we need a couple of leaders and I think he’s a talker who can organise things on the field.”
Mills has also decided to extend Danny Racchi’s spell at the club with the 22-year-old midfielder having spent the last month on loan from Blue Square Bet Premier rivals Wrexham, starting five games during that time.
“I thought he did well on Saturday,” Mills added. “He was lively for us in the first half, but did not have the ball enough in the second half for him to influence everything.
“In training and during the game, though, I have been impressed with his enthusiasm and qualities.”