York City's Dan Parslow ‘worth his weight in gold’ – Mills

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DANIEL PARSLOW is “worth his weight in gold” to York City boss Gary Mills.

The Minstermen manager said the versatile player will start at left-back in tomorrow’s League Two clash against Morecambe at Bootham Crescent even if Jamal Fyfield is fit after recovering from an ankle injury.

The 27-year-old Welshman added another string to his bow during last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Gillingham when moving to the left side of the defence, having also turned out this campaign at right-back, centre-half, an anchor role in midfield and, briefly, even up front.

But, despite a string of consistent displays this season, the two-time The Press Player of the Year winner has polarised the views of supporters – with a section arguing he shouldn’t be in the first team at all.

Mills, however, while acknowledging that view existed, said Parslow was a player he could rely on and believed he had been “incredible” this season. He added that players like the Wales Under-21 international didn’t “come around very often”.

He said: “Mr Reliable stepped in and put in an incredible performance at left-back. If Jamal is fit, which I think he will be, then Pars will keep his place. He was solid, he looked like he thrived on the position and he deserves to stay there.”

When asked if he could reconcile his view of the player with that of some fans, Mills added: “I can understand it because if Daniel Parslow had that little bit of (extra) quality then he wouldn’t be with me.

“He is an unbelievable, committed player. No matter who we play against, or when we train, his commitment is incredible, as is his desire. He just lacks that little bit of extra to have gone on and played a lot higher.

“Having said that, in the two and a bit years I have been here, he has improved because we have simplified his game. People were telling me that York used to play the long ball and Pars used to get it and bang it long.

“Maybe at times, because he lacks that little bit, maybe he was giving the ball away a lot – even though he was reliable when it came to heading the ball in the six-yard box.

“I can understand it. But we went to Blackburn on Tuesday and speaking to Michael Appleton afterwards he said ‘I need to get a few players in I can rely on’. Those were his words.

“Straight away, Daniel Parslow comes to mind at York – the players you can rely on and the players who will help you be successful.

“Now you can only have so many you can rely on with a lack of quality because you won’t win things with them otherwise.

“But you get the ones in there you can rely on because you know when it comes to it he’s going to stick his head in there and make a tackle and give it absolutely everything.

“I do feel for him if there are supporters that knock him because these sort of players don’t come along very often.

“He is worth his weight in gold for this football club and, even last year when I was leaving him out, it was difficult for me to do that.

“In that league last year, and the timing of it, it was the right thing I felt to do. It was never in question about me giving him a contract for this year, even though he didn’t play the majority of last season.

“I think he has been incredible this season, wherever he has played, and I think he is thriving on the fact that it could be right-back, it could be midfield, left-back or centre-half. Sometimes it can go against you because, if you can play anywhere, sometimes you lose out.

“If you have got one position and you want to make it your own, it is difficult for a manager sometimes to leave them out, but when something happens – we’ll put Pars there. This needs improving – we’ll put Pars there.

“I have been really pleased with him. The left-back performance last week was a 9/10 for me. I thought it was an incredible performance.

“Apart from his pass when he beat about four players and just needed to square it to Jason Walker and he put it out of play. But that’s what I am talking about. That’s Pars.

“As a manager, I love him to death because he is totally what you are after – with the desire and with the commitment and that has got to come first before anything.”

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12:15pm Fri 1 Feb 13

alimount says...

Millsy should have released this story yesterday if he wanted QPR to table a bid!
Millsy should have released this story yesterday if he wanted QPR to table a bid! alimount
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12:16pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Tug job says...

And when he did put it out of play, JW's face was a picture to behold!
And when he did put it out of play, JW's face was a picture to behold! Tug job
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12:30pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Dortmun says...

Well that is coming from the man that sees all the players every day in training and has been a top pro player himself.
As he says every team, especially at clubs with little money) needs players like Parslow, a few more would be a bonus.
Well that is coming from the man that sees all the players every day in training and has been a top pro player himself. As he says every team, especially at clubs with little money) needs players like Parslow, a few more would be a bonus. Dortmun
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12:37pm Fri 1 Feb 13

redblueblur says...

lets hope we can pick up 3pts this time
lets hope we can pick up 3pts this time redblueblur
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1:03pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Gladys Cheesepick says...

If Danny was 24 carat gold and weighs aroud 12 stone, in todays current value this wouldd make him worth £2,574,253.29.

Seems slightly overvalued.
If Danny was 24 carat gold and weighs aroud 12 stone, in todays current value this wouldd make him worth £2,574,253.29. Seems slightly overvalued. Gladys Cheesepick
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1:15pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Some old bloke says...

“Now you can only have so many you can rely on with a lack of quality because you won’t win things with them otherwise."
I see the manager's been re-reading his Brian Clough Book of Tact.
“Now you can only have so many you can rely on with a lack of quality because you won’t win things with them otherwise." I see the manager's been re-reading his Brian Clough Book of Tact. Some old bloke
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1:54pm Fri 1 Feb 13

york city fc says...

Thought York were pretty good last Saturday- hope they can win tomorrow
Thought York were pretty good last Saturday- hope they can win tomorrow york city fc
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2:21pm Fri 1 Feb 13

tomwillo1 says...

Really need a win tomorrow, i'm pleased Danny boy has got some praise. He deserves it and the fans who don't think he should be in the side are clueless.
Really need a win tomorrow, i'm pleased Danny boy has got some praise. He deserves it and the fans who don't think he should be in the side are clueless. tomwillo1
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3:21pm Fri 1 Feb 13

henleazeyorkie says...

Gladys Cheesepick wrote:
If Danny was 24 carat gold and weighs aroud 12 stone, in todays current value this wouldd make him worth £2,574,253.29.

Seems slightly overvalued.
Darn. Was going to post similiar.

Reckon may be worth weight in Silver... looks about right (unless my "O" Level Maths have failed again)
[quote][p][bold]Gladys Cheesepick[/bold] wrote: If Danny was 24 carat gold and weighs aroud 12 stone, in todays current value this wouldd make him worth £2,574,253.29. Seems slightly overvalued.[/p][/quote]Darn. Was going to post similiar. Reckon may be worth weight in Silver... looks about right (unless my "O" Level Maths have failed again) henleazeyorkie
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4:15pm Fri 1 Feb 13

bartsimmo says...

Danny deserves the plaudits. A true committed player who would be the first to admit that he is certainly not gifted but nevertheless gives his all. I would sooner have him at the back instead of Smith who to me is still a bit of a weak link!
Danny deserves the plaudits. A true committed player who would be the first to admit that he is certainly not gifted but nevertheless gives his all. I would sooner have him at the back instead of Smith who to me is still a bit of a weak link! bartsimmo
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4:47pm Fri 1 Feb 13

billoofyork says...

bartsimmo wrote:
Danny deserves the plaudits. A true committed player who would be the first to admit that he is certainly not gifted but nevertheless gives his all. I would sooner have him at the back instead of Smith who to me is still a bit of a weak link!
bravo. completely agree. would love to see mcgurk come in for smith as i think that would be a good back 4 but mills will never drop his golden boy
[quote][p][bold]bartsimmo[/bold] wrote: Danny deserves the plaudits. A true committed player who would be the first to admit that he is certainly not gifted but nevertheless gives his all. I would sooner have him at the back instead of Smith who to me is still a bit of a weak link![/p][/quote]bravo. completely agree. would love to see mcgurk come in for smith as i think that would be a good back 4 but mills will never drop his golden boy billoofyork
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5:21pm Fri 1 Feb 13

duffy says...

I'm not exactly sure if Danny should be happy or insulted by some of the Mills comments in that.
I'm not exactly sure if Danny should be happy or insulted by some of the Mills comments in that. duffy
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7:39pm Fri 1 Feb 13

garnham says...

Noooo Problem 2 moro City to win 4-2

Hat trick of headers from left winger Danny !!!

am I dreaming ? must be..

oh heck I've hit the submit button !!!...
Noooo Problem 2 moro City to win 4-2 Hat trick of headers from left winger Danny !!! am I dreaming ? must be.. oh heck I've hit the submit button !!!... garnham
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7:57pm Fri 1 Feb 13

joejamestom says...

billoofyork wrote:
bartsimmo wrote:
Danny deserves the plaudits. A true committed player who would be the first to admit that he is certainly not gifted but nevertheless gives his all. I would sooner have him at the back instead of Smith who to me is still a bit of a weak link!
bravo. completely agree. would love to see mcgurk come in for smith as i think that would be a good back 4 but mills will never drop his golden boy
You are on the money however Smith has been considerably better of late even if he is not great at playing the ball out or moving into space. But this is all about Danny P great pro at this level fit as a flea but which is his best position? I always liked him in combination with TY as a CB pairing still got to say it should be an interesting game new players etc.
Cmon City!!!
[quote][p][bold]billoofyork[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bartsimmo[/bold] wrote: Danny deserves the plaudits. A true committed player who would be the first to admit that he is certainly not gifted but nevertheless gives his all. I would sooner have him at the back instead of Smith who to me is still a bit of a weak link![/p][/quote]bravo. completely agree. would love to see mcgurk come in for smith as i think that would be a good back 4 but mills will never drop his golden boy[/p][/quote]You are on the money however Smith has been considerably better of late even if he is not great at playing the ball out or moving into space. But this is all about Danny P great pro at this level fit as a flea but which is his best position? I always liked him in combination with TY as a CB pairing still got to say it should be an interesting game new players etc. Cmon City!!! joejamestom
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