York City boss keen to hang on to defender James Meredith

York Press: James Meredith in action for York City James Meredith in action for York City

OUT-OF-CONTRACT defender James Meredith is mulling over a new deal at York City.

With City manager Gary Mills having offered the 23-year-old Australian new terms, he is too young to leave Bootham Crescent on a free transfer.

Potential suitors would, therefore, need to pay the Minstermen a transfer fee should Meredith decide his future lies elsewhere.

In that scenario, the price would be decided by tribunal if the two parties cannot agree a price but Mills is hoping to avoid that situation.

Having watched the former Telford left-back star in the centre of defence again during Saturday’s season-ending 1-1 draw at Blue Square Bet Premier champions Crawley, the Minstermen chief said: “He was outstanding on Saturday and he is one that I have made an offer to.

“I’m waiting for an answer from him and I hope he’s going to say ‘yes’ because he’s got better and better. When I first came to the club in October, he was clearly an attacking full-back but I thought, defensively, he did not look the finished article in terms of playing at a higher level or being a top-notch player in this division but he learned quickly.

“He’s under 24 so we all know the rules but he enjoys his football here and it’s about me being able to fit him in with my budget along with the other good players we will need for next season.”

Mills insisted that the 2011/12 campaign is already under way in his mind as he prepares to mould a squad capable of finishing champions next term.

He said: “The new season started for me at 7.35pm on Saturday and I’ve got some big decisions to make with a budget that I have to spend right. I’ve got to sign the right players because we’ve finished eighth in the table and I’m disappointed with that even though we have done well considering where we were after a bad start.

“There were expectations at the club and we were not quite good enough so I have to make decisions on the players who will be with me next season and who will come in. I can’t be sympathetic even though I have a group of lovely lads with great attitudes.

“I won’t be rushing into things and, if that means I might lose one or two players because they have other offers, then so be it. I need to be sure in my head that I’ve got the right players with the mental strength to win the league.”

City had seven out-of-contract players in their line up in Meredith, Liam Darville, Chris Carruthers, Levi Mackin, Ashley Chambers, Michael Rankine and Jamal Fyfield.

Substitutes Peter Till, Neil Barrett and Greg Young are also not on the books for next season, along with the likes of David Knight, Will Hatfield, David McDermott, Leon Constantine, Michael Gash and George Purcell.

How many have played their last match for City remains to be seen but Mills paid tribute to those on display at the Broadfield Stadium, adding: “Going to Crawley was always going to be tough but the lads did superbly. We showed we wanted to win the game and none of the players let me down.

“They all put 100 per cent in and it took a penalty for them to get a draw with us. Our defence was outstanding and, while I’m not saying the penalty wasn’t a penalty, there were some dodgy decisions that might have had an influence on the result.”

The result meant City finished the campaign with two 1-1 draws against a team who have broken several records on their way to the championship, which Mills hopes bodes well for the future.

He said: “Crawley haven’t beaten us twice and we have won against most of the other teams in the division, as well as setting some records straight against the likes of Newport, Mansfield and Luton. We’ve shown what it takes to beat those sides and I think that’s encouraging ahead of next season.” Crawley striker Matt Tubbs converted a penalty for his 40th goal of the season to earn the hosts a point. Earlier, David Hunt had put through his own net to give City a fifth-minute lead after Fyfield’s cross.

Fyfield played on the left wing after operating at centre-back during the club’s last two games, displaying a versatility that might prove crucial as Mills considers his retained list.

The City boss added: “He looked at home early on in the game and did well for us.”

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1:04pm Mon 2 May 11

Even AndyD says...

Hopefully, at long last, we can assemble a squad of quality rather than quantity. Too many journeymen last time round, although two managers will always mean plenty of comings and goings.
Hopefully, at long last, we can assemble a squad of quality rather than quantity. Too many journeymen last time round, although two managers will always mean plenty of comings and goings. Even AndyD
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1:55pm Mon 2 May 11

OLD - HEAD says...

It could turn out to be very difficult for York City to keep James Meredith. Once a player has had an outstanding season, he becomes ambitious for better things. There are sure to be several clubs chasing James, and City will have to do a lot of persuading to try and keep him. My gut feeling is that he will leave York City. If he does I hope that the club is awarded adequate compensation by any tribunal.
It could turn out to be very difficult for York City to keep James Meredith. Once a player has had an outstanding season, he becomes ambitious for better things. There are sure to be several clubs chasing James, and City will have to do a lot of persuading to try and keep him. My gut feeling is that he will leave York City. If he does I hope that the club is awarded adequate compensation by any tribunal. OLD - HEAD
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2:39pm Mon 2 May 11

coolyman4 says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
It could turn out to be very difficult for York City to keep James Meredith. Once a player has had an outstanding season, he becomes ambitious for better things. There are sure to be several clubs chasing James, and City will have to do a lot of persuading to try and keep him. My gut feeling is that he will leave York City. If he does I hope that the club is awarded adequate compensation by any tribunal.
I know Mez is far better than Purkis but I hope he realises the grass isnt always greener and that if GM can show Mez his ambition for next season with a few key signings we might hang on to him.
Im on twitter every hour checking for comments to see if anyone has a new contract.
I think we only need to bring in 3-4 players just to tweek things and we can go up next year.
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: It could turn out to be very difficult for York City to keep James Meredith. Once a player has had an outstanding season, he becomes ambitious for better things. There are sure to be several clubs chasing James, and City will have to do a lot of persuading to try and keep him. My gut feeling is that he will leave York City. If he does I hope that the club is awarded adequate compensation by any tribunal.[/p][/quote]I know Mez is far better than Purkis but I hope he realises the grass isnt always greener and that if GM can show Mez his ambition for next season with a few key signings we might hang on to him. Im on twitter every hour checking for comments to see if anyone has a new contract. I think we only need to bring in 3-4 players just to tweek things and we can go up next year. coolyman4
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3:36pm Mon 2 May 11

rogue84 says...

after seeing Brodie contribute very little to Crawley's promotion, Luke Graham and Lawless are once again in the play-off lottery, Sangare and Purkiss not getting regular places.....it's clear to see that moving isn't always the best choice.
23 is still a very young age to be gambling on a big-money move. Clayton Donaldson left us 2007 and it's only been this year that he's finally settled into a higher level and produced the form we knew he had.
Stick with us Mez, you know that City are just a few players away from being a quality side.
after seeing Brodie contribute very little to Crawley's promotion, Luke Graham and Lawless are once again in the play-off lottery, Sangare and Purkiss not getting regular places.....it's clear to see that moving isn't always the best choice. 23 is still a very young age to be gambling on a big-money move. Clayton Donaldson left us 2007 and it's only been this year that he's finally settled into a higher level and produced the form we knew he had. Stick with us Mez, you know that City are just a few players away from being a quality side. rogue84
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4:18pm Mon 2 May 11

joejamestom says...

Mezza could do a lot worse than stay with us I am sure Conference sides would sign & play him higher clubs can afford to be circumspect & have him as a squad player, just hope he wants to play 1st team football. Theres still a lot of development for him to do & a few goals at this level on his CV would do no harm he may just be awaiting G Mills signing a couple of quality players as I am sure he wants to play in a successful team. Good luck to the lad whichever way he jumps as long as we dont have a Clayton again.
Mezza could do a lot worse than stay with us I am sure Conference sides would sign & play him higher clubs can afford to be circumspect & have him as a squad player, just hope he wants to play 1st team football. Theres still a lot of development for him to do & a few goals at this level on his CV would do no harm he may just be awaiting G Mills signing a couple of quality players as I am sure he wants to play in a successful team. Good luck to the lad whichever way he jumps as long as we dont have a Clayton again. joejamestom
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8:45am Tue 3 May 11

Head of Bomber Command says...

If he goes and I would not be surprised if he does, then it may possibly be down to who James knows we are going to sign. If he stays I will take it that Gary is bringing in some really decent players in the near future.

I would love him to stay but if he goes I just hope it is not down to a few quid that he does.
If he goes and I would not be surprised if he does, then it may possibly be down to who James knows we are going to sign. If he stays I will take it that Gary is bringing in some really decent players in the near future. I would love him to stay but if he goes I just hope it is not down to a few quid that he does. Head of Bomber Command
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9:51am Tue 3 May 11

AdHolmes says...

Skysports.com understands Kilmarnock are heading the list of SPL clubs interested in signing York City defender James Meredith.

The 23-year-old Australian is out of contract this summer and can move to Scottish clubs without a transfer fee.

Meredith has already rejected two offers to stay with York and is now waiting to see if the North Yorkshire side make improved terms.

A number of Football League sides are interested in the ex-Derby man, but are currently being deterred by York's transfer demands.

Meredith could hold talks with the Rugby Park club in the coming days, although at least two other rivals are keen.
Skysports.com understands Kilmarnock are heading the list of SPL clubs interested in signing York City defender James Meredith. The 23-year-old Australian is out of contract this summer and can move to Scottish clubs without a transfer fee. Meredith has already rejected two offers to stay with York and is now waiting to see if the North Yorkshire side make improved terms. A number of Football League sides are interested in the ex-Derby man, but are currently being deterred by York's transfer demands. Meredith could hold talks with the Rugby Park club in the coming days, although at least two other rivals are keen. AdHolmes
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12:04pm Tue 3 May 11

Sir Alex says...

If he really wants to go then just make sure we get a fee.
No point offering him the wages of two players though.
Scottish football would be a huge mistake for him and their fans are not exactly welcoming either. Set Donaldson back two years but look at him now. Learn from it Mez!!
You're more than welcome here and could be part of a famous promotion squad next year. The defence would be sorted with you and Liam staying. We will win every game one nil!! Seriously sound defence.
If he really wants to go then just make sure we get a fee. No point offering him the wages of two players though. Scottish football would be a huge mistake for him and their fans are not exactly welcoming either. Set Donaldson back two years but look at him now. Learn from it Mez!! You're more than welcome here and could be part of a famous promotion squad next year. The defence would be sorted with you and Liam staying. We will win every game one nil!! Seriously sound defence. Sir Alex
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1:03pm Tue 3 May 11

Robert Davro says...

Meredith is going to see a number of scottish clubs with his agent. I got this off his agent on twitter - ELITEtheAGENTS. Hope he doesn't go but I think he will.
Meredith is going to see a number of scottish clubs with his agent. I got this off his agent on twitter - ELITEtheAGENTS. Hope he doesn't go but I think he will. Robert Davro
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1:53pm Tue 3 May 11

welbeck says...

We turned down £100,000 from Peterborough for Donaldson finished up getting nothing,we have turned down £50,000 for Meredith finish up with nothing again?
We turned down £100,000 from Peterborough for Donaldson finished up getting nothing,we have turned down £50,000 for Meredith finish up with nothing again? welbeck
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2:16pm Tue 3 May 11

Yorkiethelion says...

Yet again YCFC fail to offer a Quality player a contract before the season ends!
Yet again YCFC fail to offer a Quality player a contract before the season ends! Yorkiethelion
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3:30pm Tue 3 May 11

Wilyorkuk1983 says...

Yorkiethelion it may seem that way but Mez has turned down two contract offers from YCFC, that would indicate we have offered him at least one offer prior to the season ending. You cant force a player to stay.
Yorkiethelion it may seem that way but Mez has turned down two contract offers from YCFC, that would indicate we have offered him at least one offer prior to the season ending. You cant force a player to stay. Wilyorkuk1983
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3:45pm Tue 3 May 11

newshawk says...

£50,000? Who offered that then?
£50,000? Who offered that then? newshawk
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4:13pm Tue 3 May 11

Yorkiethelion says...

Wilyorkuk1983 yes we have offered him two contracts in April but that's far too late he should have been offered one back in January.

Agreed we can’t force him to stay, but he would have been more prone to signing a contract in January than now with clubs interested.
Wilyorkuk1983 yes we have offered him two contracts in April but that's far too late he should have been offered one back in January. Agreed we can’t force him to stay, but he would have been more prone to signing a contract in January than now with clubs interested. Yorkiethelion
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5:25pm Tue 3 May 11

sixtyfourfive says...

welbeck wrote:
We turned down £100,000 from Peterborough for Donaldson finished up getting nothing,we have turned down £50,000 for Meredith finish up with nothing again?
What "Welbeck" is your source for the £50000 bid for Meredith and as "Newshawk" asked which club made the bid? You seem very well informed?
[quote][p][bold]welbeck[/bold] wrote: We turned down £100,000 from Peterborough for Donaldson finished up getting nothing,we have turned down £50,000 for Meredith finish up with nothing again?[/p][/quote]What "Welbeck" is your source for the £50000 bid for Meredith and as "Newshawk" asked which club made the bid? You seem very well informed? sixtyfourfive
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6:14pm Tue 3 May 11

Wilyorkuk1983 says...

Yorkiethelion, that I do not agree but I'm sure (if your April quote is correct) will be down to when GM's budget is released. He can not give improved contracts till he knows what size pot he has to play with.
Yorkiethelion, that I do not agree but I'm sure (if your April quote is correct) will be down to when GM's budget is released. He can not give improved contracts till he knows what size pot he has to play with. Wilyorkuk1983
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9:59pm Tue 3 May 11

welbeck says...

Luton Town.
You would also be surprised who Mez's agent is,maybe some of the York City office staff that post on here mainly using it as pr might tell you?
Luton Town. You would also be surprised who Mez's agent is,maybe some of the York City office staff that post on here mainly using it as pr might tell you? welbeck
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12:11pm Wed 4 May 11

tonyg says...

James Meredith, best york city player of the year bar none.
James Meredith, best york city player of the year bar none. tonyg
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7:21am Fri 6 May 11

yorkielass says...

Mez' agent will be posting on Twitter around 9am today (Friday) with the news. Kilmarnock look favourites sadly, which means not only losing him but losing a fee too. If he goes, I can't see Tilly staying either, sadly.
Mez' agent will be posting on Twitter around 9am today (Friday) with the news. Kilmarnock look favourites sadly, which means not only losing him but losing a fee too. If he goes, I can't see Tilly staying either, sadly. yorkielass
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