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York City boss Gary Mills ‘delighted’ as goalkeeper Michael Ingham signs new deal
INTERNATIONAL goalkeeper Michael Ingham netted a belated birthday present when he agreed a new deal with York City.
The man, who celebrated his 32nd birthday just 12 days ago, will be at the Bootham Crescent club until end of the 2013/14 campaign after he penned a new two-year contract.
The capture of the Northern Ireland international is a major plus for the Minstermen as they bid to resume their Football League life in npower League Two in just under a month’s time.
Ingham was a pivotal figure as the last man standing for City as they completed an historic and unparalleled Wembley double in the space of eight days when they toppled Newport to win the FA Trophy at Wembley and then ousted fierce rivals Luton Town, again under the arch of the national stadium, with a 2-1 triumph that heralded their escape from the Blue Square Bet Premier.
Now the man who holds three full Northern Ireland caps and has not ruled out a return to the international arena, has committed himself to another two years with City.
The capture was hailed by City boss Gary Mills.
Said the manager: “It’s a new deal for a couple more years and I am pleased with that.
“I have seen a big improvement in him even in the time since I have come to the club. Certainly from last Christmas I believe Michael just got better and better.
“He is very important to us and I thought it was right to do it (to offer the new two-year contract). He has signed it and I am delighted.”
Ingham first played for City on loan from Sunderland in 2003 when he made 17 appearances.
Since returning to the club permanently four years ago, he has made a further 171 appearances and has established himself as one of the City faithful’s favourite players.
Ingham was likely to start today’s pre-season friendly against Oldham Athletic at Bootham Crescent (kick-off 3pm).