Striker Jason Walker predicts bright future for ambitious York City

Striker Jason Walker is looking  forward to spear -heading York City’s bid for a return to  the Football League after joining the Bootham Crescent club from Blue  Square Bet Premier rivals Luton Town

Striker Jason Walker is looking forward to spear -heading York City’s bid for a return to the Football League after joining the Bootham Crescent club from Blue Square Bet Premier rivals Luton Town

First published in Sport York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

STAR signing Jason Walker has insisted leaving Luton Town for York City is not a “backward step”.

The Hatters have already been installed as short-priced favourites for next season’s Blue Square Bet Premier title with City predicted to finish fifth by the bookmakers behind the likes of Fleetwood, Darlington and Mansfield.

Former League Cup winners Luton also boast crowds twice the size of the average gate at Bootham Crescent.

In six meetings, however, since their relegation from the Football League in 2009, Luton have lost to the Minstermen three times and only won once – in last season’s league fixture at Kenwilworth Road when goalkeeper Michael Ingham and Jonathan Smith were both sent off.

City went on to avenge that defeat with a 1-0 home victory in April – the same outcome as both of the play-off semi-final legs between the two teams in 2009/10.

Walker played in that last Bootham Crescent clash for the visitors and believes City have just as much potential as the club he has left.

The former Barrow forward said: “Luton are a big club but so are York. The club has a long Football League history too and this is nowhere near a backward step for me.

“I want to play regular football and the manager has promised to give me a good shot at that.

“I didn’t play as many games as I wanted to at Luton but played more matches towards the end of the season under the new manager.

“It wasn’t that I wasn’t wanted at Luton but this move felt right and the manager (City chief Gary Mills) told me I should go with my gut instinct so I had to come here.

“I know we have a good footballing team and that the club have done well since the manager took over, almost getting in the play-offs.

“I thought they were a really good side when Luton played here at the end of last season but I knew that anyway.”

Walker has scored 38 goals over the last two campaigns, despite being used sparingly at Luton after his move from Cumbria last November.

The offer of a two-year deal with City and the club’s dogged pursuit of his services, therefore, left him with no reservations concerning his move from Bedfordshire, with Luton confirming that the transfer fee was £60,000.

He added: “The chairman and manager have really sold the club to me and, after thinking long and hard about the move, I feel I have made the right decision and I’m delighted to be here to be honest.

“The manager has told me what he wants to achieve on the field and that I will be a big part of that. I feel really wanted and I’d like to be here for a while.”

Walker went on to admit that if Barrow had given him permission to speak to Mills, when the City manager first made his interest public last autumn, he might never have headed for Luton.

He said: “I wasn’t made aware of any offer being accepted back then but, if I had spoken to the manager in October and he had said the same things as he has done this week, then I would have probably signed for the club last season.”

Keeping personal ambitions private, the ex-Morton frontman is more forthright as to what the team should aspire to in 2010/11.

He said: “I do set myself targets but I don’t tell anybody about them. Team wise, I wouldn’t have come here if the manager was talking about being a mid-table team.

“His ambition and the players that he is signing speaks for itself. He’s aiming to be near the top of the league and I think we can be.”

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12:22pm Sat 18 Jun 11

Goughy31 says...

Henderson, Reed, Blair and now Walker can all hit the back of the net, so bring on next season, August can't come soon enough.... YCFC 4 Ever!!!!!
Henderson, Reed, Blair and now Walker can all hit the back of the net, so bring on next season, August can't come soon enough.... YCFC 4 Ever!!!!! Goughy31
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12:24pm Sat 18 Jun 11

TheBurton says...

Goughy31 wrote:
Henderson, Reed, Blair and now Walker can all hit the back of the net, so bring on next season, August can't come soon enough.... YCFC 4 Ever!!!!!
As much as they can hit the net, we still need to maintain a decent midfield, the defence is pretty much sorted, wouldnt mind adding another defender to the squad, but think we need a few more midfielders before we have a strong squad.
[quote][p][bold]Goughy31[/bold] wrote: Henderson, Reed, Blair and now Walker can all hit the back of the net, so bring on next season, August can't come soon enough.... YCFC 4 Ever!!!!![/p][/quote]As much as they can hit the net, we still need to maintain a decent midfield, the defence is pretty much sorted, wouldnt mind adding another defender to the squad, but think we need a few more midfielders before we have a strong squad. TheBurton
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6:15pm Sat 18 Jun 11

thelostshoe1977 says...

great signing, but 60000 and then to only give a 2 year contract seems like a lot of money to me.
great signing, but 60000 and then to only give a 2 year contract seems like a lot of money to me. thelostshoe1977
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6:56pm Sat 18 Jun 11

Yorkie69 says...

Hasn`t he got a long neck ?!!
Hasn`t he got a long neck ?!! Yorkie69
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7:05pm Sat 18 Jun 11

AdHolmes says...

Yorkie69 wrote:
Hasn`t he got a long neck ?!!
All the better for heading ;)
[quote][p][bold]Yorkie69[/bold] wrote: Hasn`t he got a long neck ?!![/p][/quote]All the better for heading ;) AdHolmes
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8:18pm Sat 18 Jun 11

rawcliffeyorkieboy says...

Another great addition by mills. Lets also not foget the Mcgills as during the time when Rushden have gone bust and Cambridge United are selling their best players to cut costs and also despite posting heavy losses season after season they have yet again made money available to the boss. I would personally like to thank them for their continued strong ambition to get York back in the league.
Another great addition by mills. Lets also not foget the Mcgills as during the time when Rushden have gone bust and Cambridge United are selling their best players to cut costs and also despite posting heavy losses season after season they have yet again made money available to the boss. I would personally like to thank them for their continued strong ambition to get York back in the league. rawcliffeyorkieboy
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9:05pm Sat 18 Jun 11

Theo Leewaysup says...

Following rawcliffeyorkieboy's lead I would like to add my thanks to the McGills. Without their support this club would surely have disappeared long before now. It feels great to still experience the annual pre-season rush of optimism. Maybe this will be a year we are celebrating to the end.
Following rawcliffeyorkieboy's lead I would like to add my thanks to the McGills. Without their support this club would surely have disappeared long before now. It feels great to still experience the annual pre-season rush of optimism. Maybe this will be a year we are celebrating to the end. Theo Leewaysup
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9:09pm Sat 18 Jun 11

ycfc4ever says...

rawcliffeyorkieboy wrote:
Another great addition by mills. Lets also not foget the Mcgills as during the time when Rushden have gone bust and Cambridge United are selling their best players to cut costs and also despite posting heavy losses season after season they have yet again made money available to the boss. I would personally like to thank them for their continued strong ambition to get York back in the league.
well said!!
[quote][p][bold]rawcliffeyorkieboy[/bold] wrote: Another great addition by mills. Lets also not foget the Mcgills as during the time when Rushden have gone bust and Cambridge United are selling their best players to cut costs and also despite posting heavy losses season after season they have yet again made money available to the boss. I would personally like to thank them for their continued strong ambition to get York back in the league.[/p][/quote]well said!! ycfc4ever
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9:13pm Sat 18 Jun 11

Theo Leewaysup says...

Following rowcliffeyorkieboy's lead I would also like to thank the McGills. Without their support this club would surely have collapsed by now and I would not have the peasure of experiencing my usual pre-season optimism. Maybe this season we will be celebrating come the spring.
Following rowcliffeyorkieboy's lead I would also like to thank the McGills. Without their support this club would surely have collapsed by now and I would not have the peasure of experiencing my usual pre-season optimism. Maybe this season we will be celebrating come the spring. Theo Leewaysup
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9:58pm Sat 18 Jun 11

duffy says...

Honestly it's a lot of money for Walker.
Honestly it's a lot of money for Walker. duffy
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10:42pm Sat 18 Jun 11

Tamworth 2 return says...

Jason is incredibly generous, from the picture in the press it looks like he's given the keys to his Audi to our new signing too !!!
Jason is incredibly generous, from the picture in the press it looks like he's given the keys to his Audi to our new signing too !!! Tamworth 2 return
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12:43pm Sun 19 Jun 11

coolyman4 says...

Rumours on twitter that we are linked with Chris McPhee. Scored 30 in 101 from midfield. GM said the 2 other players are significant signings so its a possibility
Rumours on twitter that we are linked with Chris McPhee. Scored 30 in 101 from midfield. GM said the 2 other players are significant signings so its a possibility coolyman4
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1:00pm Sun 19 Jun 11

tips says...

Let's hope that is correct sounds just what we want .We need goals from all areas next season and our defence to again be solid.
It is not rocket science if we can at least double our goals scored combined with a mean defence then who knows wher we will finish.
My guess is Champions....come on you REDS !!!!!
Let's hope that is correct sounds just what we want .We need goals from all areas next season and our defence to again be solid. It is not rocket science if we can at least double our goals scored combined with a mean defence then who knows wher we will finish. My guess is Champions....come on you REDS !!!!! tips
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4:03pm Sun 19 Jun 11

duffy says...

coolyman4 wrote:
Rumours on twitter that we are linked with Chris McPhee. Scored 30 in 101 from midfield. GM said the 2 other players are significant signings so its a possibility
I would say the tittle tattle on twitter has only come because of Internet chat on various forums. I have not seen any real evidence of any link.
[quote][p][bold]coolyman4[/bold] wrote: Rumours on twitter that we are linked with Chris McPhee. Scored 30 in 101 from midfield. GM said the 2 other players are significant signings so its a possibility[/p][/quote]I would say the tittle tattle on twitter has only come because of Internet chat on various forums. I have not seen any real evidence of any link. duffy
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4:37pm Sun 19 Jun 11

arsene.about.york says...

I heard Gary Mills on the radio on saturday morning saying that there were 3 or possibly 4 more players coming. If they are as good quality as the ones already signed we must have a great chance next season. I asked around the bookies yesterday and Coral have City 10-1 to win it, Ladbrokes and William Hills were 12-1 definitely worth a flutter. COME ON CITY
I heard Gary Mills on the radio on saturday morning saying that there were 3 or possibly 4 more players coming. If they are as good quality as the ones already signed we must have a great chance next season. I asked around the bookies yesterday and Coral have City 10-1 to win it, Ladbrokes and William Hills were 12-1 definitely worth a flutter. COME ON CITY arsene.about.york
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5:02pm Sun 19 Jun 11

coolyman4 says...

duffy wrote:
coolyman4 wrote:
Rumours on twitter that we are linked with Chris McPhee. Scored 30 in 101 from midfield. GM said the 2 other players are significant signings so its a possibility
I would say the tittle tattle on twitter has only come because of Internet chat on various forums. I have not seen any real evidence of any link.
Yer I appreciate its just a rumour. With Mills saying the other 2 players are 'Major' signings I'm just being hopeful. Have you heard any whispers as your info is usually good?
[quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]coolyman4[/bold] wrote: Rumours on twitter that we are linked with Chris McPhee. Scored 30 in 101 from midfield. GM said the 2 other players are significant signings so its a possibility[/p][/quote]I would say the tittle tattle on twitter has only come because of Internet chat on various forums. I have not seen any real evidence of any link.[/p][/quote]Yer I appreciate its just a rumour. With Mills saying the other 2 players are 'Major' signings I'm just being hopeful. Have you heard any whispers as your info is usually good? coolyman4
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5:33pm Sun 19 Jun 11

duffy says...

coolyman4 wrote:
duffy wrote:
coolyman4 wrote:
Rumours on twitter that we are linked with Chris McPhee. Scored 30 in 101 from midfield. GM said the 2 other players are significant signings so its a possibility
I would say the tittle tattle on twitter has only come because of Internet chat on various forums. I have not seen any real evidence of any link.
Yer I appreciate its just a rumour. With Mills saying the other 2 players are 'Major' signings I'm just being hopeful. Have you heard any whispers as your info is usually good?
Honestly nothing strong enough that I would feel happy posting as yet. Not saying it's definatly not McPhee because I do think he would be a good addition and someone Mills would be interested in.
[quote][p][bold]coolyman4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]coolyman4[/bold] wrote: Rumours on twitter that we are linked with Chris McPhee. Scored 30 in 101 from midfield. GM said the 2 other players are significant signings so its a possibility[/p][/quote]I would say the tittle tattle on twitter has only come because of Internet chat on various forums. I have not seen any real evidence of any link.[/p][/quote]Yer I appreciate its just a rumour. With Mills saying the other 2 players are 'Major' signings I'm just being hopeful. Have you heard any whispers as your info is usually good?[/p][/quote]Honestly nothing strong enough that I would feel happy posting as yet. Not saying it's definatly not McPhee because I do think he would be a good addition and someone Mills would be interested in. duffy
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8:14pm Sun 19 Jun 11

luton4life77 says...

hi guys luton fan in peace, you are lucky to have great striker who works so so hard but really struglled to hit the back of the net for us but i believe it was just a confidence problem in my opinion. i would not be suprised if walker scores 30 odd for you next season and i am really worried that you could get in our way in terms of promotion next season.

you are building a great side with lots of goal scorers in walker, reed and blair and i think you will finish in the top 5 comfotably.

if you fancy a chat with other football fans come over to http://extra-time.co
.uk/index.php?app=up
ortal

there are a few york fans on there along with a couple of mansfield, cambridge, wrexham fans as well. there are over a hundred luton fans on there and loads of peterboro fans as well.

we all went to this site from 606 and it is absolutely brilliant. and once you get used too it, it is absolutely outstanding. us luton fans really miss the banter with the likes of york and it would be brilliant if you could come on over to www.extra-time.co.uk
. a great football forum just waiting for you york fans ;)
hi guys luton fan in peace, you are lucky to have great striker who works so so hard but really struglled to hit the back of the net for us but i believe it was just a confidence problem in my opinion. i would not be suprised if walker scores 30 odd for you next season and i am really worried that you could get in our way in terms of promotion next season. you are building a great side with lots of goal scorers in walker, reed and blair and i think you will finish in the top 5 comfotably. if you fancy a chat with other football fans come over to http://extra-time.co .uk/index.php?app=up ortal there are a few york fans on there along with a couple of mansfield, cambridge, wrexham fans as well. there are over a hundred luton fans on there and loads of peterboro fans as well. we all went to this site from 606 and it is absolutely brilliant. and once you get used too it, it is absolutely outstanding. us luton fans really miss the banter with the likes of york and it would be brilliant if you could come on over to www.extra-time.co.uk . a great football forum just waiting for you york fans ;) luton4life77
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10:04pm Sun 19 Jun 11

YcfcKeepingTheFaith says...

rawcliffeyorkieboy wrote:
Another great addition by mills. Lets also not foget the Mcgills as during the time when Rushden have gone bust and Cambridge United are selling their best players to cut costs and also despite posting heavy losses season after season they have yet again made money available to the boss. I would personally like to thank them for their continued strong ambition to get York back in the league.
Agreed.
[quote][p][bold]rawcliffeyorkieboy[/bold] wrote: Another great addition by mills. Lets also not foget the Mcgills as during the time when Rushden have gone bust and Cambridge United are selling their best players to cut costs and also despite posting heavy losses season after season they have yet again made money available to the boss. I would personally like to thank them for their continued strong ambition to get York back in the league.[/p][/quote]Agreed. YcfcKeepingTheFaith
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6:39pm Mon 20 Jun 11

OLD - HEAD says...

It is certainly a hefty fee by York City standards, but Jason Walker is a decent player who will hold the ball up well. Luton have made a profit, so everyone seems to be happy. A couple of experienced mid-fielders, who will chip in with a few goals, would just complete our squad.
It is certainly a hefty fee by York City standards, but Jason Walker is a decent player who will hold the ball up well. Luton have made a profit, so everyone seems to be happy. A couple of experienced mid-fielders, who will chip in with a few goals, would just complete our squad. OLD - HEAD
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6:45pm Mon 20 Jun 11

tips says...

Agreed HOBC but we also need to sort out a right back , I would be happy with young Darville and also keep Carruthers
No doubt Mr Mills will come up with all the answers soon .Anyone know when the boys are back in training ?
Agreed HOBC but we also need to sort out a right back , I would be happy with young Darville and also keep Carruthers No doubt Mr Mills will come up with all the answers soon .Anyone know when the boys are back in training ? tips
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6:48pm Mon 20 Jun 11

tips says...

Sorry OLD HEAD senior moment NOT HOBC !!!!!!!!
Sorry OLD HEAD senior moment NOT HOBC !!!!!!!! tips
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7:37pm Mon 20 Jun 11

tadyorkie says...

Ingham said on twitter that their back in training a week Friday, so thats the 1st July. Walker is a great signing in my opinion but may need some matches to settle in, just like Reed did... Things are looking good if we can get someone like Chris McPhee, or better get him.
Ingham said on twitter that their back in training a week Friday, so thats the 1st July. Walker is a great signing in my opinion but may need some matches to settle in, just like Reed did... Things are looking good if we can get someone like Chris McPhee, or better get him. tadyorkie
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8:19pm Mon 20 Jun 11

rogue84 says...

if Chris McPhee comes in......i'll be on cloud 9. would be an absolutely sensational signing.
have JM Packaging had a good financial year in 2010/11 - as not only have we successfully got some good players signed up, but Chambers, Blair, Henderson and Walker are all on 2 year contracts aren't they??
bring us some more good news soon please 'duffy'!
if Chris McPhee comes in......i'll be on cloud 9. would be an absolutely sensational signing. have JM Packaging had a good financial year in 2010/11 - as not only have we successfully got some good players signed up, but Chambers, Blair, Henderson and Walker are all on 2 year contracts aren't they?? bring us some more good news soon please 'duffy'! rogue84
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2:47pm Thu 23 Jun 11

ian923 says...

Walker looks like a good signing and on paper at ;least we have a strike force that will score goals-our problem in the past. Still like to see Darville and Carruthers signed before someone else gets to them.
Walker looks like a good signing and on paper at ;least we have a strike force that will score goals-our problem in the past. Still like to see Darville and Carruthers signed before someone else gets to them. ian923
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