Michael Coulson joins York City

Michael Coulson is pictured after signing for York City

Michael Coulson is pictured after signing for York City

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

MICHAEL COULSON turned down numerous approaches to join other League One and Two clubs because his heart was set on York City.

The 24-year-old forward said he made his mind up to sign a two-year contract at Bootham Crescent as soon as he heard the club was interested in him, as chairman Jason McGill revealed the Minstermen had beaten a host of outfits for his signature, with Crewe and Scunthorpe among the interested suitors.

Coulson, who started his career at Scarborough and rejected a new deal at Grimbsy Town after starring for them in the Conference last season, has been forced to sit tight as negotiations to bring him to York took several weeks to come to fruition.

“It has dragged on a little bit throughout the summer but we have finally got it sorted and I can’t wait to get going,” he said. “I’m looking forward to meeting all the lads, making some new friends at the club, and kicking on.

“If I’d had it my way, I would have signed there and then when I came a few weeks ago.

“Unfortunately, for different circumstances, that didn’t happen but York was always the club for me. There’s no doubt in my mind. It’s so good to have signed.

“The interest shown in me (by other clubs) was flattering, it really was, and it made me realise that I’d had a good season. As soon as I heard York were interested that was the only club I had my heart set on.”

Coulson is aware of the competition that awaits him as he battles to get a place in manager Gary Mills’ team. But, having had experience of playing in League Two, he is convinced he will fit in well – and is relishing the challenge.

“At 24, I’m a good age and I have got quite a lot of experience behind me now,” he added. “I played League football before and I am desperate to get back into it with a team that play football the right way.

“I think York will suit me perfectly. Obviously, there is a lot of competition so it is down to me to show what I can do. I’m an exciting, direct player. I will be positive when I get the ball and I feel like I’ve got a good footballing brain.

“Being one of the forwards would suit me better, I would say. I know Ash (Chambers) and Blairy (Matty Blair). They are top players. It is a challenge for me to come here and we are all going to be battling with each other to get the places in the team. It will be good for York. If people are in top form, York will be going into the right direction.

“That’s what you need. You don’t want people to be comfortable, thinking they are going to play every week.”

McGill said: “Gary and I met Michael about three weeks ago and, from that meeting, it was clear that if a deal could be structured he wanted to join York City. He knew a lot about us, the planning application for the stadium, and felt this was a football club on the up.

“Michael had offers to go to a League One club and numerous League Two clubs but chose York City because he believed in what we were doing.”

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6:18pm Fri 29 Jun 12

OLD - HEAD says...

More of a winger than a striker, he appears to be a ready made replacement for Moke. He has also played in midfield in the past, so he could be a versatile addition to our squad. I see a defender called Tunnicliffe has just joined Stockport County, despite interest from York City. Who will we be after next?
More of a winger than a striker, he appears to be a ready made replacement for Moke. He has also played in midfield in the past, so he could be a versatile addition to our squad. I see a defender called Tunnicliffe has just joined Stockport County, despite interest from York City. Who will we be after next? OLD - HEAD
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6:21pm Fri 29 Jun 12

RickyC says...

Its a good signing, he's a player we've courted for some time and would fit into our system. I have every faith that Millsy will get the best from him. But, for me, I would like to see one or two more players with league experience. It worries me slightly that we have a squad lacking in league experience, what does everyone else think? Hope we can get Gibson back from Middlesbrough now Meredith has gone by the way.
Its a good signing, he's a player we've courted for some time and would fit into our system. I have every faith that Millsy will get the best from him. But, for me, I would like to see one or two more players with league experience. It worries me slightly that we have a squad lacking in league experience, what does everyone else think? Hope we can get Gibson back from Middlesbrough now Meredith has gone by the way. RickyC
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6:23pm Fri 29 Jun 12

YO1 says...

Good work City. Go public with our interest in Jonathon Smith and what do you know, Coulson eventually signs on the same day! A left back now please!

Welcome Michael, good decision.
Good work City. Go public with our interest in Jonathon Smith and what do you know, Coulson eventually signs on the same day! A left back now please! Welcome Michael, good decision. YO1
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6:27pm Fri 29 Jun 12

daveymcgurk says...

im keeping my fingers crossed that we use some of the money that we got for two wembley appearances on signing alan connell from swindon!
this lad knows where the back of the net is!
him and walker could easily get 40-50 goals between them.
either way we need a hitman whoever it may be!
W.A.Y
im keeping my fingers crossed that we use some of the money that we got for two wembley appearances on signing alan connell from swindon! this lad knows where the back of the net is! him and walker could easily get 40-50 goals between them. either way we need a hitman whoever it may be! W.A.Y daveymcgurk
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11:06am Sat 30 Jun 12

duffy says...

We will need a new left back to replace Mez and Doug has been offered a contract, that will be it for defenders I would have thought. IF we can attract Smith and Connell( and it's a massive it in my view as both have other clubs interested that would be a massive bonus and complete the squad.
We will need a new left back to replace Mez and Doug has been offered a contract, that will be it for defenders I would have thought. IF we can attract Smith and Connell( and it's a massive it in my view as both have other clubs interested that would be a massive bonus and complete the squad. duffy
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11:33am Sat 30 Jun 12

ian923 says...

Pleased Michael has signed. he clearly has a good attitude and wanted to be at York because we play football the right way.Sure he will be a good addition to the squad. More than adequate replacement for Adriano and has some league experience.Love to see Jonathan Smith back and hope that can happen.What's happening with Brown, Bopp,Hendo, Doig etc?
Pleased Michael has signed. he clearly has a good attitude and wanted to be at York because we play football the right way.Sure he will be a good addition to the squad. More than adequate replacement for Adriano and has some league experience.Love to see Jonathan Smith back and hope that can happen.What's happening with Brown, Bopp,Hendo, Doig etc? ian923
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11:57am Sat 30 Jun 12

heartbreaker says...

Where has this Connell rumour come from? Are we actually chasing him? I've also heard Doig may have signed for a year to... any confirmation??
Where has this Connell rumour come from? Are we actually chasing him? I've also heard Doig may have signed for a year to... any confirmation?? heartbreaker
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12:02pm Sat 30 Jun 12

robiniorocks says...

I agree Duffy and replacing Mez will not be easy as natural left footed athletes with Mez's all round skills are not 10 a penny.

Pleased that Doig is being offerred a deal as he brought stability and was a major contributor at the end, but staying injury free will be his challenge.

Adding the Swindon dream pair would be absolutely fantastic but in reality the odds of this happening are low as we face lots of competition from league 1 & 2 clubs. A key factor here is whether both wan't to return to the north?

All in all its shaping up nicely and the prospect of the new season back in the league is so so exciting!

Clearly we have the ambition and desire to succeed but I think it is important to keep our feet on the ground and not set expectations too high thereby creating pressure. Clearly we ALL want a double promotion but in reality a top half will be a successful return. Anything more is an absolute bonus.

A lot of teams have invested heavily in league 2 so it will be tougher than many people think. It is critical we improve our home form and to do that it is vital that our fans do not unnecessarily put pressure on the players. We need to be patient.

Having said all that we have a fantastic management team and chairman. Our squad is together and brimming with skill and we PLAY REAL FOOTBALL.

Most important for me is to enjoy our league return, relax, have confidence and show what we can do. If we do that everything is possible.
I agree Duffy and replacing Mez will not be easy as natural left footed athletes with Mez's all round skills are not 10 a penny. Pleased that Doig is being offerred a deal as he brought stability and was a major contributor at the end, but staying injury free will be his challenge. Adding the Swindon dream pair would be absolutely fantastic but in reality the odds of this happening are low as we face lots of competition from league 1 & 2 clubs. A key factor here is whether both wan't to return to the north? All in all its shaping up nicely and the prospect of the new season back in the league is so so exciting! Clearly we have the ambition and desire to succeed but I think it is important to keep our feet on the ground and not set expectations too high thereby creating pressure. Clearly we ALL want a double promotion but in reality a top half will be a successful return. Anything more is an absolute bonus. A lot of teams have invested heavily in league 2 so it will be tougher than many people think. It is critical we improve our home form and to do that it is vital that our fans do not unnecessarily put pressure on the players. We need to be patient. Having said all that we have a fantastic management team and chairman. Our squad is together and brimming with skill and we PLAY REAL FOOTBALL. Most important for me is to enjoy our league return, relax, have confidence and show what we can do. If we do that everything is possible. robiniorocks
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12:16pm Sat 30 Jun 12

duffy says...

heartbreaker wrote:
Where has this Connell rumour come from? Are we actually chasing him? I've also heard Doig may have signed for a year to... any confirmation??
I have heard we put in a joint bid for both Connal and Smith but that's now seperate bids. The story does have legs
[quote][p][bold]heartbreaker[/bold] wrote: Where has this Connell rumour come from? Are we actually chasing him? I've also heard Doig may have signed for a year to... any confirmation??[/p][/quote]I have heard we put in a joint bid for both Connal and Smith but that's now seperate bids. The story does have legs duffy
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1:38pm Sat 30 Jun 12

Tug job says...

YO1 wrote:
Good work City. Go public with our interest in Jonathon Smith and what do you know, Coulson eventually signs on the same day! A left back now please! Welcome Michael, good decision.
This is coincidental as all the elemnts were verbally agreed earlier in the month. A good signing and interesting that Michael chose to come here to further his footballing ambitions.
[quote][p][bold]YO1[/bold] wrote: Good work City. Go public with our interest in Jonathon Smith and what do you know, Coulson eventually signs on the same day! A left back now please! Welcome Michael, good decision.[/p][/quote]This is coincidental as all the elemnts were verbally agreed earlier in the month. A good signing and interesting that Michael chose to come here to further his footballing ambitions. Tug job
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2:50pm Sat 30 Jun 12

RooBeck says...

Michael seemed to be on the up and up when he was with Barnsley and was well rated. Good to see that he has faith in City as a club and the style of GM and his coaching staff and wants to play for us and perhaps, re-launch his earlier promise as a very good League 1 and 2 player. Good signing.
Michael seemed to be on the up and up when he was with Barnsley and was well rated. Good to see that he has faith in City as a club and the style of GM and his coaching staff and wants to play for us and perhaps, re-launch his earlier promise as a very good League 1 and 2 player. Good signing. RooBeck
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3:22pm Sat 30 Jun 12

YoRkIe59 says...

the best and most refreshing part of the players G M has signed so far is their attitude,that when faced with plenty of options york City is the club they really want to play for and feel exited to join,that speaks volumes for Millsy and where we are as a club at the moment, i know you,d always expect a player to say that sort of stuff but we really do seem to be finding the right sort of player right now.
the best and most refreshing part of the players G M has signed so far is their attitude,that when faced with plenty of options york City is the club they really want to play for and feel exited to join,that speaks volumes for Millsy and where we are as a club at the moment, i know you,d always expect a player to say that sort of stuff but we really do seem to be finding the right sort of player right now. YoRkIe59
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7:45pm Sat 30 Jun 12

tomycfclad2 says...

ian923 wrote:
Pleased Michael has signed. he clearly has a good attitude and wanted to be at York because we play football the right way.Sure he will be a good addition to the squad. More than adequate replacement for Adriano and has some league experience.Love to see Jonathan Smith back and hope that can happen.What's happening with Brown, Bopp,Hendo, Doig etc?
Mate we still have Hendo, yeah he signed a two-year deal. Reckon a couple of them may be given contracts, but certainly not all. Blinks personally said on twitter it was highly unlikely he would be staying on.
[quote][p][bold]ian923[/bold] wrote: Pleased Michael has signed. he clearly has a good attitude and wanted to be at York because we play football the right way.Sure he will be a good addition to the squad. More than adequate replacement for Adriano and has some league experience.Love to see Jonathan Smith back and hope that can happen.What's happening with Brown, Bopp,Hendo, Doig etc?[/p][/quote]Mate we still have Hendo, yeah he signed a two-year deal. Reckon a couple of them may be given contracts, but certainly not all. Blinks personally said on twitter it was highly unlikely he would be staying on. tomycfclad2
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