Home duty beckons again for York City centre-back David McGurk

David McGurk

David McGurk

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GARY MILLS may throw centre-back David McGurk into the starting line up for the first time in almost a year when York City entertain Torquay in League Two tomorrow.

The 30-year-old hasn’t played since limping out of the Minstermen’s 2-2 draw with Mansfield Town in the Blue Square Premier on New Year’s Day – having suffered calf and knee injuries along with a throat problem.

But with Chris Smith having been laid low by a virus, the former Darlington defender, who has spent recent matches on the bench, may get a chance to press his claims for a shirt should the skipper not recover in time to lead out York against the Gulls at Bootham Crescent.

Mills said he wouldn’t have any qualms about fielding McGurk, nicknamed TY, although with Scott Kerr back having served a one-match ban for being sent off in the FA Cup first-round replay at AFC Wimbledon, the City chief has a number of options.

Daniel Parslow could drop back from the anchoring midfield berth he occupied at Port Vale into his favourite position, while other possibles include both Jamal Fyfield and Lanre Oyebanjo partnering Chris Doig.

“No, he won’t go out,” said Mills when asked if a loan move was still planned for McGurk following the sudden departure of Clarke Carlisle to Northampton earlier this week.

“I am disappointed that he didn’t go out a few weeks ago to get half a dozen games under his belt and for his fitness. That hasn’t happened.

“Chris Smith hasn’t trained. He has gone down with a virus. Things happens and he (McGurk) might just be thrown in on Saturday if Smudger is not available. He needs match fitness. If Chris Smith is still ill on Saturday then my options are Dan Parslow dropping back there or TY. They are the obvious ones.

“Lanre (Oyebanjo) can play there. He played most of his games for Histon there. But certainly, TY has got to start playing sooner or later.

“It is a test for him. He had the opportunity to go out and play a couple of leagues lower and get a bit fitter and didn’t take that. Maybe now he wishes he did.”

Mills drew a line under the Carlisle affair – arguing York were still well served with defenders – and he decided not to bolster his squad ahead of the closure of the loan window last night.

“I made a couple of inquiries,” Mills added. “There were a couple of players that, if I could have brought them in, I would have liked to. They are too close to their first team. I just don’t want to bring in, and I have said this before, just anyone for the sake of it.

“It has got to be someone better than what I have got. I have tried a couple knowing that maybe I was going to get knocked back – and that’s what happened.”

Lee Bullock’s loan period with Gateshead is due to expire tomorrow and Mills added he would speak with Heed boss Ian Bogie to discuss the future for the former Bradford player. “It’s a little bit different because he is there on loan already so we don’t have to make a decision until after Saturday.

“I’ll be speaking with Ian Bogie over the next 24 hours. I get on great with Ian and we will see what’s going to happen with that.”

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12:35pm Fri 23 Nov 12

OLD - HEAD says...

It would be nice to see Dave McGurk back in the starting eleven. But Danny Parslow looks to be the obvious choice if Chris Smith does not make it. McGurk will probably be one of the subs. I see that Michael Rankine has gone on loan from Aldershot to Grimsby Town, and Liam Henderson on loan from City to Gateshead. It looks like the last chance saloon for Henderson, after he failed to impress at Forest Green and Gainsborough Trinity
It would be nice to see Dave McGurk back in the starting eleven. But Danny Parslow looks to be the obvious choice if Chris Smith does not make it. McGurk will probably be one of the subs. I see that Michael Rankine has gone on loan from Aldershot to Grimsby Town, and Liam Henderson on loan from City to Gateshead. It looks like the last chance saloon for Henderson, after he failed to impress at Forest Green and Gainsborough Trinity OLD - HEAD
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2:08pm Fri 23 Nov 12

rogue84 says...

reg Henderson, i think he needs to get himself down to conf north/south or lower and try and begin his career again. clearly not even close to being good enough at the conf level let alone league 2.
it will be a great moment when TY makes an appearance as a league player for City as he's deserved it, but I would agree with OH above and say Parslow is a definate first choice for tomorrow alongside Doig.
reg Henderson, i think he needs to get himself down to conf north/south or lower and try and begin his career again. clearly not even close to being good enough at the conf level let alone league 2. it will be a great moment when TY makes an appearance as a league player for City as he's deserved it, but I would agree with OH above and say Parslow is a definate first choice for tomorrow alongside Doig. rogue84
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3:39pm Fri 23 Nov 12

bartsimmo says...

Rankine would have been a better loan aquisition than Rodman I think. Especially as he and Reedy have played together!
Rankine would have been a better loan aquisition than Rodman I think. Especially as he and Reedy have played together! bartsimmo
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4:16pm Fri 23 Nov 12

TerryYork says...

Got a lot of faith in TY, so this is all good news.
Got a lot of faith in TY, so this is all good news. TerryYork
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7:33pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Even AndyD says...

GM makes a big thing about positivity and not being critical of players, but unless I'm reading it wrong, he is unhappy that TY refused to go out on loan. One - should that be shared in the Press? Two - there is no detail, where was the loan deal - if it were the other end of the country I could understand reluctance for example. Three - maybe TY preferred to fight for his place and given the circs, looks like he was right.
Cannot have it both ways Mr Mills.
GM makes a big thing about positivity and not being critical of players, but unless I'm reading it wrong, he is unhappy that TY refused to go out on loan. One - should that be shared in the Press? Two - there is no detail, where was the loan deal - if it were the other end of the country I could understand reluctance for example. Three - maybe TY preferred to fight for his place and given the circs, looks like he was right. Cannot have it both ways Mr Mills. Even AndyD
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8:41pm Fri 23 Nov 12

joejamestom says...

I always liked the TY Parslow combination with Doig around too I can see those three working well together, I hope Ty gets enough of a run out to build some match fitness. As this is his benefit year I can see why he would want to be as local as possible to benefit as we are not privy to the offers made to TY he will get a big welcome back from us & to be honest when fit and in form he is a better defender than Smith who has improved of late but competition at CB can only benefit the team, really hope the lads put on a good show tomorrow.
I always liked the TY Parslow combination with Doig around too I can see those three working well together, I hope Ty gets enough of a run out to build some match fitness. As this is his benefit year I can see why he would want to be as local as possible to benefit as we are not privy to the offers made to TY he will get a big welcome back from us & to be honest when fit and in form he is a better defender than Smith who has improved of late but competition at CB can only benefit the team, really hope the lads put on a good show tomorrow. joejamestom
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11:49pm Fri 23 Nov 12

YO1 says...

Danny P is match fit, TY isn't. Irtespective of who's the better defender it has to to be Danny P as he's up to speed.TY should have taken the opportunity to play completive games but hasn't for an unknown reason.

Kerr, Kearns, Banjo in midfield. Walker, Rodman, Blair or Reed in front three. Trust Gary Mills, he will get it right.
Danny P is match fit, TY isn't. Irtespective of who's the better defender it has to to be Danny P as he's up to speed.TY should have taken the opportunity to play completive games but hasn't for an unknown reason. Kerr, Kearns, Banjo in midfield. Walker, Rodman, Blair or Reed in front three. Trust Gary Mills, he will get it right. YO1
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9:34am Sat 24 Nov 12

RooBeck says...

If Dave McGurk isn't given a starting opportunity, then it's hard to see when he will get one, unless he goes out on loan and really we could do with him staying in our squad! Since Clarke Carlisle's transfer, then he has gone up the pecking order of our available central defenders and if Chris Smith is out today, then I think GM has to take what would be a limited risk and play McGurk. If he struggles(and really, he should be well fired-up and raring to go!), then look at Danny P replacing, either as a reshuffle to the starting XI, or, from the bench. COYR.
If Dave McGurk isn't given a starting opportunity, then it's hard to see when he will get one, unless he goes out on loan and really we could do with him staying in our squad! Since Clarke Carlisle's transfer, then he has gone up the pecking order of our available central defenders and if Chris Smith is out today, then I think GM has to take what would be a limited risk and play McGurk. If he struggles(and really, he should be well fired-up and raring to go!), then look at Danny P replacing, either as a reshuffle to the starting XI, or, from the bench. COYR. RooBeck
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