Quiet transfer deadline day for York City boss Gary Mills
7:39pm Thursday 31st January 2013 in News
TRANSFER deadline day passed off quietly for York City manager Gary Mills.
The Bootham Crescent boss was not expecting any late deals in or out of the League Two club having completed his moves earlier in the transfer window.
Mills completed the loan signings of Blackburn centre-back Jack O'Connell and Swansea full-back Curtis Obeng and revealed that he wants the pair to remain at City after their initial spell of a month.
He said: “What’s good about a month, when we have the initial conversation – ‘a month with a view to taking them until the end of the season’ – is that it is not just good for me but for the player as well.
"It’s good for them to come in and see how I work, see how the football club works, living in the city and enjoying themselves.
“It helps them want to stay on even longer. At the moment, the agreement with both of them is they are both here for a month with a view to staying longer.”
Mills added that he may look to strengthen his squad with more loan additions when that window reopens next Thursday.
“There are a couple of players we are talking about,” he said. “Although the deadline has ended, the loan window opens up again next Thursday and you can bring players in then.
"I’m not going to rushed into anything for the game on Saturday if I don’t need to. There’s always that chance that I could get another player in on loan, or two players, to see us through to the end of the season.”
While City have signed former Derry forward David McDaid, with Mills saying he could play a part in Saturday's League Two match against Morecambe, Jamie Reed will also remain at Bootham Crescent – as a proposed move to Conference side Kidderminster fell through.
Mills added: “Nothing has happened with Kidderminster. They came in and we actually agreed. They have gone back and I hear they have signed someone else, so it looks like Reedy is still with us. Nobody else is going to be going out but players could go out on loan when the window opens next week.”
On McDaid he said: “We have got the international clearance through. He’s all ready to go. He won’t start but, certainly, it would excite me to bring him off the bench because he could bring quite a lot. I think there’s a good chance he will be involved in the 16 on Saturday.”
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