Ashley Chambers' new York City deal a ‘no brainer’

YORK City attacker Ashley Chambers cannot wait to kick off the new season at League Cup opponents Doncaster Rovers after admitting that committing his future to the Bootham Crescent club was a “no-brainer”.

Chambers has signed a new one-year deal at Bootham Crescent, which will extend to a second season dependent on the number of games he starts in 2012/13.

And the former England youth international is now determined to make the first XI when Gary Mills’ team travel to face old rivals Rovers – the South Yorkshire neighbours who condemned the Minstermen to what turned out to be eight years of non-League football.

Doncaster’s ramshackle old ground Belle Vue provided the setting as City’s relegation from League Two was confirmed back in 2004 but the first-round hosts, who have just been relegated from the Championship, now ply their trade at the ultra-modern Keepmoat Stadium.

For Chambers, the venue will represent a great destination for City to mark their return to the Football League during the week starting August 13.

Due to the Olympics, the League Two campaign will not kick off until the following weekend and, on the Cup tie, Chambers said: “It’s a fantastic draw.

“They’ve got a great stadium and are a big club who have just come down from the Championship. It will be a great occasion for our fans because it’s not far to travel and it’s a bit of a derby match really to start the season.”

Chambers, 22, saw his previous contract with City expire after scoring the equalising goal in last month’s 2-1 Blue Square Bet Premier play-off final win over Luton.

But it was always Chambers’ intention to agree new terms with the Minstermen, who could have claimed a compensation fee for his services if he had sought a transfer elsewhere.

“I didn’t want to move on and start again,” the ex-Leicester striker revealed. “You can do that and not get on as well as you’d like to.

“When the club said they wanted to renegotiate with me, I was happy to do that and I’m delighted to get everything sorted out. It was a no-brainer really for me because of the way the club has been developing over the last few weeks and months.

“Winning the FA Trophy and then going one better and winning the one that everybody wanted – to get promotion in the play-off final – was brilliant and to be back in the Football League at a place where I want to be is great.

“York City is the right club for me at the moment. We have a great manager and chairman. It’s a really exciting time to be at the club and going into the Football League will give me more experience.

“The likes of Stevenage, Exeter and Crawley have shown how double promotions are possible and that’s possible for us with the team we have got.”

Chambers has had brief tastes of League Two football with the likes of Wycombe and Grimsby in the past during loan spells from Leicester and, as a consequence, is confident of City’s prospects at that level.

He added: “I think we are far superior to the teams I was playing against then because of the style of football we play. We have a great basis to do well in the League and, if we can carry on what we did last season, there’s no reason why we can’t get into the play-offs.”

Chambers is also well on the road to recovery from the minor knee cartilage problem that caused him to withdraw from this month’s England ‘C’ international against a Russian representative team, denying him a last chance to represent his country at that level.

The one-time Three Lions under-19 forward expects to be fully fit for the start of pre-season but, on missing the match at Dynamo Moscow, he admitted: “That was massively disappointing.

“They got beaten 4-0 which would have been a bit of a downer but to play against a quality team like them, with players from Russia’s top teams if not those from other countries, would have been the icing on the cake after the season we had, but it wasn’t to be.”

Having finished the season with a flourish as one of City’s best players in both Wembley finals, Chambers also feels he can approach the next campaign with greater self-belief.

Both manager Gary Mills and Chambers reckon a shortage of confidence has held the player back in the past, but he said: “The biggest thing for me is having confidence in myself.

“If I have that, then the ability I have got tends to come out a lot more. Hopefully, I can do that on the League Two stage and show the fans that there’s more to come from me because you can work on your confidence.

“It’s just a case of having a strong mentality. I was at a big club at a young age and played in the first team at 15.

“I was a little boy then and you worry about what people think but I’m coming out of that now and it’s starting to show in my performances. I am looking to recreate my two performances at Wembley more consistently through next season.”

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12:46pm Fri 15 Jun 12

skilly says...

Have to agree its a great game to start season off. I didn't realise they still have the likes of El Hadji Diouf, Frederic Picquionne, Pascal Chimbonda, James Hayter & Neil Sullivan in their squad. Don't know if they will all be there come the start of the season but it wets the appetite. COYR
Have to agree its a great game to start season off. I didn't realise they still have the likes of El Hadji Diouf, Frederic Picquionne, Pascal Chimbonda, James Hayter & Neil Sullivan in their squad. Don't know if they will all be there come the start of the season but it wets the appetite. COYR skilly

12:49pm Fri 15 Jun 12

TheBurton says...

I see Robbie Willmott has not been offered a new contract at Luton. Id have him in my team, competition for chambers on the left!
I see Robbie Willmott has not been offered a new contract at Luton. Id have him in my team, competition for chambers on the left! TheBurton

1:14pm Fri 15 Jun 12

rogue84 says...

Willmott was certainly one of luton's only bright spots in their play-off final display. he seemed the only lad who really created anything 2nd half.
it appears Mills already has targets so doubt we'd make a move now, but you never know.
Willmott was certainly one of luton's only bright spots in their play-off final display. he seemed the only lad who really created anything 2nd half. it appears Mills already has targets so doubt we'd make a move now, but you never know. rogue84

1:19pm Fri 15 Jun 12

Pitbull Terry says...

Hope it's not right but just heard Meredith is talking to Watford today!!
Hope it's not right but just heard Meredith is talking to Watford today!! Pitbull Terry

1:25pm Fri 15 Jun 12

Wilbur says...

What a brilliant attitude from Ash.

Improving all the time and glad to have him on board.
What a brilliant attitude from Ash. Improving all the time and glad to have him on board. Wilbur

1:30pm Fri 15 Jun 12

Michael Andrew Scott says...

Great to have Ashley Chambers for next season. He was my best player and scored a great goal at Wembley which was a vital part of the game because York went on to win. We will win 4-0 at Doncaster Rovers with Ashley getting one of the goals.
Great to have Ashley Chambers for next season. He was my best player and scored a great goal at Wembley which was a vital part of the game because York went on to win. We will win 4-0 at Doncaster Rovers with Ashley getting one of the goals. Michael Andrew Scott

1:33pm Fri 15 Jun 12

TheBurton says...

Pitbull Terry wrote:
Hope it's not right but just heard Meredith is talking to Watford today!!
I know from twitter he's meeting his agent in London today. Hope he doesn't go but if he does, best luck to the lad.
[quote][p][bold]Pitbull Terry[/bold] wrote: Hope it's not right but just heard Meredith is talking to Watford today!![/p][/quote]I know from twitter he's meeting his agent in London today. Hope he doesn't go but if he does, best luck to the lad. TheBurton

1:52pm Fri 15 Jun 12

duffy says...

If Meredith goes he goes. He is one player and can be replaced just the same as any player. Players think the grass is greener on the other side and many have a shock, ask Boucade, Lawless, Purkiss. We have the core of the squad from last season intact and with four or so quality additions we will be fine.
If Meredith goes he goes. He is one player and can be replaced just the same as any player. Players think the grass is greener on the other side and many have a shock, ask Boucade, Lawless, Purkiss. We have the core of the squad from last season intact and with four or so quality additions we will be fine. duffy

2:13pm Fri 15 Jun 12

yano says...

Why are people still going on about Meredith , there was and never is the slightest chance that he is going to stay . He agreed to stay for one more year to try and get us promoted. He is being offered 3 times the money elsewhere so its a no brainer . He go's with my best wishes and hopefully the best wishes of every other york fan
Why are people still going on about Meredith , there was and never is the slightest chance that he is going to stay . He agreed to stay for one more year to try and get us promoted. He is being offered 3 times the money elsewhere so its a no brainer . He go's with my best wishes and hopefully the best wishes of every other york fan yano

2:51pm Fri 15 Jun 12

duffy says...

yano wrote:
Why are people still going on about Meredith , there was and never is the slightest chance that he is going to stay . He agreed to stay for one more year to try and get us promoted. He is being offered 3 times the money elsewhere so its a no brainer . He go's with my best wishes and hopefully the best wishes of every other york fan
What proof do you have of three times the wages? There has not even been confirmation that he is talking to another club.
[quote][p][bold]yano[/bold] wrote: Why are people still going on about Meredith , there was and never is the slightest chance that he is going to stay . He agreed to stay for one more year to try and get us promoted. He is being offered 3 times the money elsewhere so its a no brainer . He go's with my best wishes and hopefully the best wishes of every other york fan[/p][/quote]What proof do you have of three times the wages? There has not even been confirmation that he is talking to another club. duffy

3:22pm Fri 15 Jun 12

redbluelion says...

yano wrote:
Why are people still going on about Meredith , there was and never is the slightest chance that he is going to stay . He agreed to stay for one more year to try and get us promoted. He is being offered 3 times the money elsewhere so its a no brainer . He go's with my best wishes and hopefully the best wishes of every other york fan
Fact is city are just a stepping stone to most players that come here..i also wish him well in whatever he doe's next..he deserves the chance to move up..
[quote][p][bold]yano[/bold] wrote: Why are people still going on about Meredith , there was and never is the slightest chance that he is going to stay . He agreed to stay for one more year to try and get us promoted. He is being offered 3 times the money elsewhere so its a no brainer . He go's with my best wishes and hopefully the best wishes of every other york fan[/p][/quote]Fact is city are just a stepping stone to most players that come here..i also wish him well in whatever he doe's next..he deserves the chance to move up.. redbluelion

4:49pm Fri 15 Jun 12

joejamestom says...

If he moves on good luck he owes us nothing, as long as GM gets a firm y or n so he can find a quality replacement asap I will be happy & will wish him well in his career. Good quality attacking FB seem to be vital to the GM playing strategy might I suggest Lee Baker released by Newport he was quality when he played for Kiddy.
If he moves on good luck he owes us nothing, as long as GM gets a firm y or n so he can find a quality replacement asap I will be happy & will wish him well in his career. Good quality attacking FB seem to be vital to the GM playing strategy might I suggest Lee Baker released by Newport he was quality when he played for Kiddy. joejamestom

4:59pm Fri 15 Jun 12

duffy says...

Someone on the Watford forum stating he has signed.
Someone on the Watford forum stating he has signed. duffy

5:53pm Fri 15 Jun 12

Punk_Ian says...

If Mez does go would like to wish him the best. He stayed that extra year that helped us get in the league and for that I'm eternally grateful (and for the winner against the coin chuckers). One of our ex players who I'd hope would get a fantastic reception if he played at BC again
If Mez does go would like to wish him the best. He stayed that extra year that helped us get in the league and for that I'm eternally grateful (and for the winner against the coin chuckers). One of our ex players who I'd hope would get a fantastic reception if he played at BC again Punk_Ian

6:18pm Fri 15 Jun 12

ycfc says...

I agree that we shouldn't hold it against him going to Watford after all he could have quite easily gone last year but he stayed and helped us get promoted, all the best mez and hope we can recruit a quality replacement not convinced fyfield is the man to step up at this moment in time!
I agree that we shouldn't hold it against him going to Watford after all he could have quite easily gone last year but he stayed and helped us get promoted, all the best mez and hope we can recruit a quality replacement not convinced fyfield is the man to step up at this moment in time! ycfc

8:52pm Fri 15 Jun 12

YorkCityLuke says...

Chambers is a personal favourite of mine, I think he is an excellent player already with the potential to become a truly great player with a little more confidence in himself. He's lightning fast, has great vision (just look at how many assists he claimed last season!), has a great long-ranged shot on him, and best of all has showed belief in York City by signing for us again. A few more seasons and he could be a City legend.
Chambers is a personal favourite of mine, I think he is an excellent player already with the potential to become a truly great player with a little more confidence in himself. He's lightning fast, has great vision (just look at how many assists he claimed last season!), has a great long-ranged shot on him, and best of all has showed belief in York City by signing for us again. A few more seasons and he could be a City legend. YorkCityLuke

11:20pm Fri 15 Jun 12

jumbojet says...

As a matter of interest, and being discussed in this forum, how much a week does a footballer at York City earn, or at any other non-league club. How much more has to be paid to the players in Division 2, as we now are? Is it better than a 40 hour week in the chocolate factory, I have no idea, and when I have asked in the past I have had a poor reaction. Why, we, the fans, pay the wages, so we should have some idea of the amounts. A trip to Doncaster will give us a taste of the opposition, and a look at a modern stadium.
As a matter of interest, and being discussed in this forum, how much a week does a footballer at York City earn, or at any other non-league club. How much more has to be paid to the players in Division 2, as we now are? Is it better than a 40 hour week in the chocolate factory, I have no idea, and when I have asked in the past I have had a poor reaction. Why, we, the fans, pay the wages, so we should have some idea of the amounts. A trip to Doncaster will give us a taste of the opposition, and a look at a modern stadium. jumbojet

12:03pm Sat 16 Jun 12

YcfcKeepingTheFaith says...

jumbojet wrote:
As a matter of interest, and being discussed in this forum, how much a week does a footballer at York City earn, or at any other non-league club. How much more has to be paid to the players in Division 2, as we now are? Is it better than a 40 hour week in the chocolate factory, I have no idea, and when I have asked in the past I have had a poor reaction. Why, we, the fans, pay the wages, so we should have some idea of the amounts. A trip to Doncaster will give us a taste of the opposition, and a look at a modern stadium.
What difference does it make? We don't pay their wages, JM does, we contribute to the club as a whole. Doesn't necessarily mean we have a given right to know that kinda stuff.

Re: Ashley- great attitude, credit to the club.

Re: Meridith - owes us nothing, was persuaded to stay last year to help us out of the conference and he's done that. Wish him the very best in the future and glad the extension worked out. Would still be gutted if/when he goes though.

Excited about the donny match.
[quote][p][bold]jumbojet[/bold] wrote: As a matter of interest, and being discussed in this forum, how much a week does a footballer at York City earn, or at any other non-league club. How much more has to be paid to the players in Division 2, as we now are? Is it better than a 40 hour week in the chocolate factory, I have no idea, and when I have asked in the past I have had a poor reaction. Why, we, the fans, pay the wages, so we should have some idea of the amounts. A trip to Doncaster will give us a taste of the opposition, and a look at a modern stadium.[/p][/quote]What difference does it make? We don't pay their wages, JM does, we contribute to the club as a whole. Doesn't necessarily mean we have a given right to know that kinda stuff. Re: Ashley- great attitude, credit to the club. Re: Meridith - owes us nothing, was persuaded to stay last year to help us out of the conference and he's done that. Wish him the very best in the future and glad the extension worked out. Would still be gutted if/when he goes though. Excited about the donny match. YcfcKeepingTheFaith

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