York City boss Martin Foyle switches focus to new striker after missing out on Damian Spencer

York City winger Adam Smith, above right, scored a spectacular opening goal in yesterday’s 3-3 friendly draw with Leeds United at Bootham Crescent

York City winger Adam Smith, above right, scored a spectacular opening goal in yesterday’s 3-3 friendly draw with Leeds United at Bootham Crescent

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YORK City’s search for a new striker will continue after the Bootham Crescent club missed out on former Cheltenham Town forward Damian Spencer.

Manager Martin Foyle held talks with Spencer, who scored a hat-trick against the MK Dons last season and ended the campaign on loan with League Two champions Brentford, but the 6ft 1in frontman has joined Blue Square Premier rivals Kettering instead.

Foyle has now switched his attention to another target to provide competition for Richard Brodie, Michael Rankine and Richard Pacquette, who all played in yesterday’s 3-3 pre-season draw with Leeds United.

The City boss also took the opportunity to run the rule over five trialists in yesterday’s friendly, including former Chesterfield winger Jamie Jackson, ex-Salisbury defender Djomin Sangare and Scunthorpe right-back Joe Wilcox.

Two Frenchmen – striker Gomis and centre-back Mlaver – were handed second-half outings as well.

About the move for ex-Bristol City attacker Spencer, Foyle said: “It was a big blow not to get him. I showed him round the ground and I am a good friend of his agent, who I’ve worked with in the past.

“I honestly thought he was going to sign and it would have been a great coup for us. He’s a big left-footer who can play on the left wing as well, as he did last season for Cheltenham, but he’s decided to go to Kettering because he’s got two or three mates there.

“That’s understandable and, for us, the search goes on. We have already put a bid in for somebody else, but there’s no rush.

“We still have plenty of time and we are only looking to add one or two more who want to come and play for York City.”

Foyle will now decide whether to take another look at yesterday’s trialists in Saturday’s home friendly against Bradford City, although Gomis is moving on to try his luck at a Football League club.

The City boss added: “We had a couple of injuries and I knew Ben Purkiss wouldn’t be playing, but I didn’t want to risk my lads playing 90 minutes. The trialists did a decent job though and sometimes you have to have a little look.

“Sangare came from a mate of mine who told me I had nothing to lose having a look at him and he did all right. Both French lads came from the same agent and sometimes you are testing the agent out as well to see whether he has the kind of contacts that could help me out later in the season.

“They were both big, physical players who look older than they were because they are only 20 and 21. We might invite some of the trialists back but there are other things going on in terms of bringing players in.”

Aside from World Student Games participant Purkiss, Craig Nelthorpe and David McGurk were the only absentees in yesterday’s match.

Both are currently nursing minor injuries with Foyle saying: “Nelly could have played but there’s no point risking him for the sake of 45 minutes and he’ll definitely be involved next week. Dave is a bit sore as he landed awkwardly on his heel but it’s nothing major.”

Adam Smith opened the scoring in spectacular fashion yesterday before goals from Leeds’ Luciano Becchio, Mike Whitwell and Andrew Milne saw the League One club surge into a 3-1 lead.

In the closing stages, however, a terrific Alex Lawless strike and Lubomir Michalik’s own goal saw City share the spoils.

Foyle hailed “fantastic” strikes by Smith and Lawless afterwards and, on his team’s overall performance, added: “There was some good stuff but plenty to work on as well and that’s what we want from a coaching point of view.

“You don’t want things going well in these games to the extent that you bypass things in training. You want to be presented with questions from the players so you can give them the right answers.”

• Former York City striker Onome Sodje scored on his debut for Barnsley in their 3-2 friendly win over Ferencvaros.

Sodje headed the Tykes’ third goal on 82 minutes after coming on as a 55th minute sub against the Hungarian outfit at Oakwell.

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9:36am Mon 13 Jul 09

tj40 says...

Heard good things about Sangare when he played for stafford strong,quick and not bad in the air.Probably better suited to this league then Parslow although Danny had a good season last year.
Heard good things about Sangare when he played for stafford strong,quick and not bad in the air.Probably better suited to this league then Parslow although Danny had a good season last year. tj40
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11:00am Mon 13 Jul 09

OLD - HEAD says...

Just because York City have got a few bob to spend, its still not going to be easy to pick up quality players. Most of the best available players are snapped up early on into pre-season. City have missed out on a few targets now, Daryle Clare, Michael Gash, Darius Charles and now Damian Spencer, and there are almost certain to be others, that we dont know about. The biggest danger is that we eventually settle for a third rate substitute, thus wasting our precious cash. Rather than spend for the sake of it, possibly loaning a young player from a league club may be a better option. The money could then be banked until the transfer window opens again.
Just because York City have got a few bob to spend, its still not going to be easy to pick up quality players. Most of the best available players are snapped up early on into pre-season. City have missed out on a few targets now, Daryle Clare, Michael Gash, Darius Charles and now Damian Spencer, and there are almost certain to be others, that we dont know about. The biggest danger is that we eventually settle for a third rate substitute, thus wasting our precious cash. Rather than spend for the sake of it, possibly loaning a young player from a league club may be a better option. The money could then be banked until the transfer window opens again. OLD - HEAD
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11:04am Mon 13 Jul 09

Sir Alex says...

We need a goal sniffer not a big lump like Spencer.
We need a goal sniffer not a big lump like Spencer. Sir Alex
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11:53am Mon 13 Jul 09

tips says...

Agreed Sir Alex
Let's hope we can find one. Like the strip used yesterday , the emphasis on RED.
Come on you REDS !!!!!
Agreed Sir Alex Let's hope we can find one. Like the strip used yesterday , the emphasis on RED. Come on you REDS !!!!! tips
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12:08pm Mon 13 Jul 09

Romfordpele says...

I agree with the posts about the need for a different type of striker, Rankine has been signed to give a physical presence to the forward line. Somebody a little better technically would provide a good foil.

However, there's no rush to spend, the money shouldn't be burning a hole in Foyle's pocket. There's plenty of good free agent players still out there looking for clubs, as yesterday's trialists showed.
I agree with the posts about the need for a different type of striker, Rankine has been signed to give a physical presence to the forward line. Somebody a little better technically would provide a good foil. However, there's no rush to spend, the money shouldn't be burning a hole in Foyle's pocket. There's plenty of good free agent players still out there looking for clubs, as yesterday's trialists showed. Romfordpele
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1:40pm Mon 13 Jul 09

cityfan says...

We are definitly targeting the right sort of players!!

'Fry turned down a bid from Blue Square Premier League side York City for striker Scott Rendell over the weekend.'

Just a shame we cant get a bid accepted.


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We are definitly targeting the right sort of players!! 'Fry turned down a bid from Blue Square Premier League side York City for striker Scott Rendell over the weekend.' Just a shame we cant get a bid accepted. http://www.peterboro ughtoday.co.uk/sport /Posh-striker-goes-t o-Manchester.5452917 .jp cityfan
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2:12pm Mon 13 Jul 09

Southern Exile says...

Now that would be a cracking signing, got a mate who's a Cambridge fan and he did great things there...
Now that would be a cracking signing, got a mate who's a Cambridge fan and he did great things there... Southern Exile
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2:41pm Mon 13 Jul 09

calders says...

Here we go again, ain't seen nothing since I don't know when ..... (s)he's sure good looking boys- (s)he's someone/ where else.
Here we go again, ain't seen nothing since I don't know when ..... (s)he's sure good looking boys- (s)he's someone/ where else. calders
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3:59pm Mon 13 Jul 09

paul stancliffe says...

Usefull runout with lots of positives,just like to add travelled up to the game on sunday from north wales and the car broke down about 20 mins from the ground,steam comming from everywhere,a guy pulled up and offered to help. Realising there wasn't alot he could do he offered to give us a lift to the match and back to the car, as he was also going to the game and he turned out to be a Leeds United fan. It's nice to know there is still true supporters out there who care about other supporters no matter what team they support!! A big thankyou to that guy and his son as without them we would not have seen the match!!
Usefull runout with lots of positives,just like to add travelled up to the game on sunday from north wales and the car broke down about 20 mins from the ground,steam comming from everywhere,a guy pulled up and offered to help. Realising there wasn't alot he could do he offered to give us a lift to the match and back to the car, as he was also going to the game and he turned out to be a Leeds United fan. It's nice to know there is still true supporters out there who care about other supporters no matter what team they support!! A big thankyou to that guy and his son as without them we would not have seen the match!! paul stancliffe
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5:32pm Mon 13 Jul 09

YORKCITYFC says...

cityfan wrote:
We are definitly targeting the right sort of players!! 'Fry turned down a bid from Blue Square Premier League side York City for striker Scott Rendell over the weekend.' Just a shame we cant get a bid accepted. http://www.peterboro ughtoday.co.uk/sport /Posh-striker-goes-t o-Manchester.5452917 .jp
Rendell would be a great signing, wonder if we will go back with another bid? Martin says we have a bid in at the moment for someone and if we are serious about signing Rendell I would think we would bid higher as long as it's still within budget..

We must be targeting a quality striker to take the currently vacant number 9 shirt.

Also think Sangare would be a good addition as he would add much needed strength to the back line

[quote][p][bold]cityfan[/bold] wrote: We are definitly targeting the right sort of players!! 'Fry turned down a bid from Blue Square Premier League side York City for striker Scott Rendell over the weekend.' Just a shame we cant get a bid accepted. http://www.peterboro ughtoday.co.uk/sport /Posh-striker-goes-t o-Manchester.5452917 .jp [/p][/quote]Rendell would be a great signing, wonder if we will go back with another bid? Martin says we have a bid in at the moment for someone and if we are serious about signing Rendell I would think we would bid higher as long as it's still within budget.. We must be targeting a quality striker to take the currently vacant number 9 shirt. Also think Sangare would be a good addition as he would add much needed strength to the back line YORKCITYFC
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5:52pm Mon 13 Jul 09

cityred1967 says...

pitty Gomis has gone on trial at a league club he looked very useful
pitty Gomis has gone on trial at a league club he looked very useful cityred1967
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7:18pm Mon 13 Jul 09

Romfordpele says...

Strangely I didn't think Gomis was as great as some of you are making out. Rendell, on the other hand, would be a fantastic signing.
Strangely I didn't think Gomis was as great as some of you are making out. Rendell, on the other hand, would be a fantastic signing. Romfordpele
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7:47pm Mon 13 Jul 09

OLD - HEAD says...

I for one would be very suprised if we bought Scott Rendell. When he was on loan at Cambridge United, Peterborough were quoted as wanting £100,000 to make it a permanent signing. Cambridge would not meet the asking price, so he went back. York City surely will not pay out that kind of money for one player.
I for one would be very suprised if we bought Scott Rendell. When he was on loan at Cambridge United, Peterborough were quoted as wanting £100,000 to make it a permanent signing. Cambridge would not meet the asking price, so he went back. York City surely will not pay out that kind of money for one player. OLD - HEAD
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7:51pm Mon 13 Jul 09

fewster says...

Seems to me weve had a lucky escape wi spencer as i dont think hes what we need upfront!
Seems to me weve had a lucky escape wi spencer as i dont think hes what we need upfront! fewster
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8:05pm Mon 13 Jul 09

cityred1967 says...

i thought gomis's general movement and awareness was good considering he came in cold he closed down and harried and and he was in and around most of the chances city created in the second half. Admittedly he was raw but could have been a godd signing, but not to be
i thought gomis's general movement and awareness was good considering he came in cold he closed down and harried and and he was in and around most of the chances city created in the second half. Admittedly he was raw but could have been a godd signing, but not to be cityred1967
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8:21pm Mon 13 Jul 09

fewster says...

Rendell would be a great signing n like previously been said if we r serious bout him we would go back in wi a improved bid for him! Fingers xd
Rendell would be a great signing n like previously been said if we r serious bout him we would go back in wi a improved bid for him! Fingers xd fewster
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8:41pm Mon 13 Jul 09

SWEET AND TENDER HOOLIGAN says...

Rendell? Who? This is exactly the reason why I wont follow City season and will be watching newcastle and middlesboro
Rendell? Who? This is exactly the reason why I wont follow City season and will be watching newcastle and middlesboro SWEET AND TENDER HOOLIGAN
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9:19pm Mon 13 Jul 09

YORKCITYFC says...

SWEET AND TENDER HOOLIGAN wrote:
Rendell? Who? This is exactly the reason why I wont follow City season and will be watching newcastle and middlesboro
Newcastle and Middlesborough?

two great footballing teams you chose there..

[quote][p][bold]SWEET AND TENDER HOOLIGAN[/bold] wrote: Rendell? Who? This is exactly the reason why I wont follow City season and will be watching newcastle and middlesboro[/p][/quote]Newcastle and Middlesborough? two great footballing teams you chose there.. YORKCITYFC
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9:22pm Mon 13 Jul 09

PDH says...

SWEET AND TENDER HOOLIGAN wrote:
Rendell? Who? This is exactly the reason why I wont follow City season and will be watching newcastle and middlesboro
Good of you to support 2 relegated clubs
[quote][p][bold]SWEET AND TENDER HOOLIGAN[/bold] wrote: Rendell? Who? This is exactly the reason why I wont follow City season and will be watching newcastle and middlesboro[/p][/quote]Good of you to support 2 relegated clubs PDH
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9:22pm Mon 13 Jul 09

sad man says...

hopefully scott rendell will sign for city within the next week. I think peterborough will work a deal out with city as they transfer listed 12 players at the end of last season and still have 7 to get off the payroll. They worked a good deal out with luton for the transfer of liam hatch that suits both parties. Hatch has signed for Luton for the season at a loan deal cost of 60k with a 175k permanent fee payable should luton win promotion back to the league. As rendell is valued by peterborough at around 100k I reckon city may well offer 80k for a permanent deal within the next few days or try for a season long loan as luton have done. Only stumbling block i forsee is rendell not wanting to move north.
hopefully scott rendell will sign for city within the next week. I think peterborough will work a deal out with city as they transfer listed 12 players at the end of last season and still have 7 to get off the payroll. They worked a good deal out with luton for the transfer of liam hatch that suits both parties. Hatch has signed for Luton for the season at a loan deal cost of 60k with a 175k permanent fee payable should luton win promotion back to the league. As rendell is valued by peterborough at around 100k I reckon city may well offer 80k for a permanent deal within the next few days or try for a season long loan as luton have done. Only stumbling block i forsee is rendell not wanting to move north. sad man
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