Tom Platt pushing for York City shirt

Tom Platt

Tom Platt

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

TOM PLATT is being challenged to emulate fellow Centre of Excellence graduate Tom Allan by forcing his way into York City’s first-team.

First-year professional Platt was named on the bench for the Minstermen’s 0-0 draw with Fleetwood Town at Highbury on Saturday after being recalled from his successful loan period at Blue Square Bet North neighbours Harrogate Town.

Manager Gary Mills said: “We sent him out for three months and he’s done very well so it’s up to him now.

“I’m looking forward to seeing him in training over the next two or three weeks.

“I’ve seen a vast improvement in him fitness wise and the way he gets around the pitch is better than it was a year ago.

“He has scored an abundance of goals for Harrogate and he might just get his chance with us now like Tom Allan has. It’s a bonus to have another youth-team player coming through.”

Platt could benefit from the sale of fellow midfielder Jonathan Smith – a deal that Mills felt represented good business for the club.

Smith, 26, was a League Two title winner at Swindon last season but has returned to the non-League ranks with Luton after enduring a tough second spell in North Yorkshire following his return to City last summer.

He recently spent a month on loan with the Hatters and has now made the permanent switch.

Mills said: “I brought him back to the club but it’s not worked out.

“I was disappointed with his performances at the start of the season because they were not good enough for me. He wanted to go out on loan once I dropped him and he then expressed how much he was enjoying it at Luton.

“I feel we got a good fee for him.”

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12:37pm Mon 31 Dec 12

ian923 says...

Best of luck to Tom Platt-Jonathan Smith never performed on his return from Swindon as he had when here before and assuming that £50,000 is more than we paid Swindon it's a good deal and he won't be missed. Gives the likes of Pottsy and Tom Platt chances they may not have had. Pleased Dave McGurk at last got his chance and took it well so expect to see him again v Burton tomorrow. Hope the team have gained some momentum from a good away performance at Fleetwood and continue that at home.Come on City!
Best of luck to Tom Platt-Jonathan Smith never performed on his return from Swindon as he had when here before and assuming that £50,000 is more than we paid Swindon it's a good deal and he won't be missed. Gives the likes of Pottsy and Tom Platt chances they may not have had. Pleased Dave McGurk at last got his chance and took it well so expect to see him again v Burton tomorrow. Hope the team have gained some momentum from a good away performance at Fleetwood and continue that at home.Come on City! ian923
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12:59pm Mon 31 Dec 12

TerryYork says...

Happy with the Smith deal. He was never going to get off the bench for us. Good luck Tom, looking forward to seeing you play for City.
Happy with the Smith deal. He was never going to get off the bench for us. Good luck Tom, looking forward to seeing you play for City. TerryYork
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