Treble joy as Blanchett, Challinor and Doig sign up for York City

York Press: Danny Blanchett is York City’s fifth new signing of the summer Danny Blanchett is York City’s fifth new signing of the summer

YORK City manager Gary Mills has added former Burton left-back Danny Blanchett to his League Two squad and is still hoping to bring midfielder Jonathan Smith back to Bootham Crescent.

Mills also remains in the market for another striker to finalise his summer recruitment drive ahead of Friday’s return to pre-season training and has agreed terms with out-of-contract pair Chris Doig and Jon Challinor.

But Scott Brown, Matthew Blinkhorn and Eugen Bopp have all been released and are free to find new employers.

Blanchett, 25, is Mills’ fifth close season signing following the captures of Lee Bullock, Oli Johnson, John McReady and Michael Coulson with the City boss moving quickly to provide competition for Jamal Fyfield at left-back following James Meredith’s decision to join Bradford City.

Harrow-born Blanchett played for his home-town semi-professional team, as well as Hendon and Cambridge City, before a trial at Liverpool brought him to the attention of a number of suitors.

He went on to sign for Peterborough in 2007 but, three years later, moved on to Crewe after loan spells at Hereford and AFC Wimbledon.

Blanchett played 44 matches during the 2010/11 campaign for the Railwaymen but was then released and joined Burton after a trial with Derby. He made only 16 appearances for the League Two outfit last term but Mills believes Blanchett will thrive on his new side’s preference for attractive football.

The City chief said: “Danny’s a player I have always liked and watched on numerous occasions. It’s important to have competition for places all over the park so everybody has to be on their game to keep their shirt.

“That was the case last season and it will be no different next season. We’ve got Jamal who can play left-back and we needed another good player who’s played at League Two level and even higher to fight for that place and Danny’s that player.

“He played a lot of games for Crewe and a lot of clubs were chasing him then. Things have not worked as well as he would have liked at Burton but, no disrespect to them, they play direct football, whereas Crewe play very similarly to how we do.

“I’m sure our fans will see he’s my type of player. He’s got a great left foot, likes to get forward and is a good defender too.”

With Blanchett and Fyfield on board, Mills is now unlikely to sound out Middlesbrough about the possibility of bringing last season’s loan signing Ben Gibson back to the club but admitted that could be an option if both players do not fulfill expectations.

“I can’t go into a season thinking that we might get Ben Gibson back,” Mills explained. “He wants to get into Middlesbrough’s team and those matches at Wembley for us will have given him a massive lift in confidence in that respect.

“If Danny and Jamal are not doing their jobs as they should be then we always know Ben is there if it’s not working out for him at Middlesbrough and he wants to come back but, at this moment, I’m not thinking we need him here because we’ve got two good left-backs now.”

On the prospect of bringing Smith back to North Yorkshire, after he was made surplus to requirements by last season’s League Two champions Swindon, Mills added: “I would love to bring him back to the football club. We are working on that and trying very hard to make it happen. I’ve also got one other target – a striker.

“We are virtually there with him but, if we cannot get him, we will be fine with the strikers we have got. We come back for training on Friday and, as I like to be, we are just about there now in terms of our squad for next season.”

Challinor and Doig will be part of that squad having committed to the club for another season and Mills expressed his pleasure at retaining the services of both experienced professionals, saying: “It’s sometimes easy to disregard players and think you can get better because we’ve gone into the Football League but I don’t think that’s the case with Jon and Doigy.

“They are very good players who suit my style of playing. They were part of the spirit we had in the dressing room last season, which was important and will be again.”

Challinor and Lanre Oyebanjo will both contest City’s right-back role again, although Mills pointed out that both were serious candidates for a midfield berth too.

He said: “There will be a great challenge between Jon and Lanre for the right-back position but they are both capable of playing in midfield as well and can play in the same side together. What I do know is I don’t need to go looking for another right-back, as they have both done superbly for me there.”

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12:21pm Tue 3 Jul 12

Pitbull Terry says...

Well done Gary Mills. I'm sure the squad for next season will be up to the campaign. I do think however we need a good striker signing. It's important for the fans and a Keith Walwyn type, if we can find one, would give us a new dimension. In Mills I trust!
Well done Gary Mills. I'm sure the squad for next season will be up to the campaign. I do think however we need a good striker signing. It's important for the fans and a Keith Walwyn type, if we can find one, would give us a new dimension. In Mills I trust! Pitbull Terry

12:39pm Tue 3 Jul 12

joejamestom says...

Jamail Matt from Kiddy please Gary, a player who you could add real value to score goals & make a profit on. Hoping that the board keep an eye on wage costs as having had those long years of non league we need to keep the club viable in difficult times.
Jamail Matt from Kiddy please Gary, a player who you could add real value to score goals & make a profit on. Hoping that the board keep an eye on wage costs as having had those long years of non league we need to keep the club viable in difficult times. joejamestom

12:43pm Tue 3 Jul 12

TerryYork says...

Agreed. Just one impact striker to go now (and Smith as a bonus if doable).

Great business to as we haven't blown the extra money promotion, at all. I'm sure the wage bill will be higher, but we have a change of going up again without it being sh-t or bust.

About perfect now with the McGills and Millsy.

Now if we can sort out that crap fourth stand at Monks Cross......
Agreed. Just one impact striker to go now (and Smith as a bonus if doable). Great business to as we haven't blown the extra money promotion, at all. I'm sure the wage bill will be higher, but we have a change of going up again without it being sh-t or bust. About perfect now with the McGills and Millsy. Now if we can sort out that crap fourth stand at Monks Cross...... TerryYork

12:45pm Tue 3 Jul 12

TerryYork says...

"we have a CHANCE" I mean. Seems I'm a useless footballer and a useless typer now! :)
"we have a CHANCE" I mean. Seems I'm a useless footballer and a useless typer now! :) TerryYork

12:54pm Tue 3 Jul 12

ian923 says...

With so many players of quality fighting for places one of GM's most onerous tasks will be keeping all the players happy all the time.Also with the squad we have it is unlikely we will have to go into the January transfer market.Last year's ventures in January were not a huge success.Not suprised Bopp, Blinks and Brown have been released as they never showed the required quality.Heard no mention of Potts-what's happening with him?-suspect he may go out on loan if still contracted.
With so many players of quality fighting for places one of GM's most onerous tasks will be keeping all the players happy all the time.Also with the squad we have it is unlikely we will have to go into the January transfer market.Last year's ventures in January were not a huge success.Not suprised Bopp, Blinks and Brown have been released as they never showed the required quality.Heard no mention of Potts-what's happening with him?-suspect he may go out on loan if still contracted. ian923

1:17pm Tue 3 Jul 12

tomwillo1 says...

Hope it's Connell, could be Brodie though ;)
Hope it's Connell, could be Brodie though ;) tomwillo1

1:23pm Tue 3 Jul 12

robiniorocks says...

Could be Jake Speight from Wrexham? WFC official site just made a press release saying they will reluctantly let him go as he wants to be nearer his home in yorkshire and he's sick of the commute! Would prefer Connolly or Matt myself. IMWT
Could be Jake Speight from Wrexham? WFC official site just made a press release saying they will reluctantly let him go as he wants to be nearer his home in yorkshire and he's sick of the commute! Would prefer Connolly or Matt myself. IMWT robiniorocks

1:23pm Tue 3 Jul 12

upthecity says...

j smith and j matt and the side is complete, lg 1 here we come
j smith and j matt and the side is complete, lg 1 here we come upthecity

1:24pm Tue 3 Jul 12

robiniorocks says...

Connolly = Connell
Connolly = Connell robiniorocks

1:58pm Tue 3 Jul 12

brahma says...

tomwillo1 wrote:
Hope it's Connell, could be Brodie though ;)
Highly unlikely to be Brodie as Crawley have said that he is staying there this season. Martin Foyle has already been onto them to see if he could get him in at Hereford, but got nowhere.
This is from Vital Football "Former York City manager Martin Foyle appears set to miss out in his efforts to reunite with ex-City marksman Richard Brodie.

"Martin probably got the best out of him when he was at York and he's asked to be kept informed" - Sean O'Driscoll
Foyle is now in charge at relegated Hereford United and had hoped to take Brodie with him to Edgar Street. But according to Crawley Town's recently-appointed boss Sean O'Driscoll, the Gateshead-born striker and scorer of 58 goals in three seasons at York is to remain with the League One newcomers this season."
[quote][p][bold]tomwillo1[/bold] wrote: Hope it's Connell, could be Brodie though ;)[/p][/quote]Highly unlikely to be Brodie as Crawley have said that he is staying there this season. Martin Foyle has already been onto them to see if he could get him in at Hereford, but got nowhere. This is from Vital Football "Former York City manager Martin Foyle appears set to miss out in his efforts to reunite with ex-City marksman Richard Brodie. "Martin probably got the best out of him when he was at York and he's asked to be kept informed" - Sean O'Driscoll Foyle is now in charge at relegated Hereford United and had hoped to take Brodie with him to Edgar Street. But according to Crawley Town's recently-appointed boss Sean O'Driscoll, the Gateshead-born striker and scorer of 58 goals in three seasons at York is to remain with the League One newcomers this season." brahma

2:06pm Tue 3 Jul 12

Sir Alex says...

robiniorocks wrote:
Could be Jake Speight from Wrexham? WFC official site just made a press release saying they will reluctantly let him go as he wants to be nearer his home in yorkshire and he's sick of the commute! Would prefer Connolly or Matt myself. IMWT
Speight is Mansfailed bound I hear.
[quote][p][bold]robiniorocks[/bold] wrote: Could be Jake Speight from Wrexham? WFC official site just made a press release saying they will reluctantly let him go as he wants to be nearer his home in yorkshire and he's sick of the commute! Would prefer Connolly or Matt myself. IMWT[/p][/quote]Speight is Mansfailed bound I hear. Sir Alex

2:15pm Tue 3 Jul 12

PhilTopping says...

Don't know where the Jamille Matt rumours come from? I think they've just appeared from the various internet boards. If he did come to York though I would be absolutely over the moon. One of those rare players who showed glimpses of talent rarely (if ever) seen at Non League level. Pace, control, power, height, touch and a left foot. Lovely player.
Don't know where the Jamille Matt rumours come from? I think they've just appeared from the various internet boards. If he did come to York though I would be absolutely over the moon. One of those rare players who showed glimpses of talent rarely (if ever) seen at Non League level. Pace, control, power, height, touch and a left foot. Lovely player. PhilTopping

2:23pm Tue 3 Jul 12

The Legend Of Keith says...

PhilTopping wrote:
Don't know where the Jamille Matt rumours come from? I think they've just appeared from the various internet boards. If he did come to York though I would be absolutely over the moon. One of those rare players who showed glimpses of talent rarely (if ever) seen at Non League level. Pace, control, power, height, touch and a left foot. Lovely player.
Was there not a muttering of him being ineligable due to international clearance or a work permit issue? I seem to remember Kiddy being threatened by a points deduction towards the end of the season...

COYR
[quote][p][bold]PhilTopping[/bold] wrote: Don't know where the Jamille Matt rumours come from? I think they've just appeared from the various internet boards. If he did come to York though I would be absolutely over the moon. One of those rare players who showed glimpses of talent rarely (if ever) seen at Non League level. Pace, control, power, height, touch and a left foot. Lovely player.[/p][/quote]Was there not a muttering of him being ineligable due to international clearance or a work permit issue? I seem to remember Kiddy being threatened by a points deduction towards the end of the season... COYR The Legend Of Keith

2:39pm Tue 3 Jul 12

PDH says...

With all these quality players we should have a strong reserve team as well!!!!!!!!!!
With all these quality players we should have a strong reserve team as well!!!!!!!!!! PDH

3:27pm Tue 3 Jul 12

KAI 1981 says...

I see that Luton keep on bringing in players (wage bill is going to be big) hope it back fires on them and they have another play off misery
I see that Luton keep on bringing in players (wage bill is going to be big) hope it back fires on them and they have another play off misery KAI 1981

3:28pm Tue 3 Jul 12

haxbyreds says...

Will be buzzing if smith signs nothing but admiration for his attitude to football,like Blair never stops running,
Will be buzzing if smith signs nothing but admiration for his attitude to football,like Blair never stops running, haxbyreds

4:28pm Tue 3 Jul 12

Andy Provan 2012 says...

Good squad comming together
for the new season,had it on good authority jamie Reed in talks with Wrexham today.
Good squad comming together for the new season,had it on good authority jamie Reed in talks with Wrexham today. Andy Provan 2012

5:16pm Tue 3 Jul 12

duffy says...

Andy Provan 2012 wrote:
Good squad comming together
for the new season,had it on good authority jamie Reed in talks with Wrexham today.
Can't say I've heard anything.
[quote][p][bold]Andy Provan 2012[/bold] wrote: Good squad comming together for the new season,had it on good authority jamie Reed in talks with Wrexham today.[/p][/quote]Can't say I've heard anything. duffy

5:22pm Tue 3 Jul 12

Andy Provan 2012 says...

Makes a lot of sense they need a foreward and he used to live close to there when he was playing with Bangor City,deal done by Friday subject to a medical,ive been told.
Makes a lot of sense they need a foreward and he used to live close to there when he was playing with Bangor City,deal done by Friday subject to a medical,ive been told. Andy Provan 2012

5:30pm Tue 3 Jul 12

daveymcgurk says...

also says that moke would like to stop with york given the chance.
also says that moke would like to stop with york given the chance. daveymcgurk

5:32pm Tue 3 Jul 12

daveymcgurk says...

my source is @thecrescent78
my source is @thecrescent78 daveymcgurk

5:34pm Tue 3 Jul 12

daveymcgurk says...

so with talk of reed going to wrexham it does sound like a new striker is imminent.
W.A.Y
so with talk of reed going to wrexham it does sound like a new striker is imminent. W.A.Y daveymcgurk

6:33pm Tue 3 Jul 12

robiniorocks says...

Unfortunately Reedies possible departure could be true although I would really want him to stay. Speight from Wrexham is definately in talks with Mansfield - Cox has admitted this. Omeroyd has signed for Wrexham but he is a straight replacement for Pogba whos done a runner. This means Wrexham need a class striker and Reedy does come from the area and is ex Wrexham. Too much excitement at the moment - roll on L2.
Unfortunately Reedies possible departure could be true although I would really want him to stay. Speight from Wrexham is definately in talks with Mansfield - Cox has admitted this. Omeroyd has signed for Wrexham but he is a straight replacement for Pogba whos done a runner. This means Wrexham need a class striker and Reedy does come from the area and is ex Wrexham. Too much excitement at the moment - roll on L2. robiniorocks

6:43pm Tue 3 Jul 12

duffy says...

robiniorocks wrote:
Unfortunately Reedies possible departure could be true although I would really want him to stay. Speight from Wrexham is definately in talks with Mansfield - Cox has admitted this. Omeroyd has signed for Wrexham but he is a straight replacement for Pogba whos done a runner. This means Wrexham need a class striker and Reedy does come from the area and is ex Wrexham. Too much excitement at the moment - roll on L2.
I could see it making sense as part of a deal for Pogba as they are due compensation. However if true its a bolt out of the blue with nothing on the Reed radar.
[quote][p][bold]robiniorocks[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately Reedies possible departure could be true although I would really want him to stay. Speight from Wrexham is definately in talks with Mansfield - Cox has admitted this. Omeroyd has signed for Wrexham but he is a straight replacement for Pogba whos done a runner. This means Wrexham need a class striker and Reedy does come from the area and is ex Wrexham. Too much excitement at the moment - roll on L2.[/p][/quote]I could see it making sense as part of a deal for Pogba as they are due compensation. However if true its a bolt out of the blue with nothing on the Reed radar. duffy

7:05pm Tue 3 Jul 12

OLD - HEAD says...

I would not be surprised if Reedy left as he will struggle to win a starting place with us in Div2. By the way I have just read that Moses Ashikodi has signed on for Ebbsfleet United. Liam Daish said "He is just the type of forward I am looking for" (I wonder how far he has looked).
I would not be surprised if Reedy left as he will struggle to win a starting place with us in Div2. By the way I have just read that Moses Ashikodi has signed on for Ebbsfleet United. Liam Daish said "He is just the type of forward I am looking for" (I wonder how far he has looked). OLD - HEAD

7:17pm Tue 3 Jul 12

PhilTopping says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
I would not be surprised if Reedy left as he will struggle to win a starting place with us in Div2. By the way I have just read that Moses Ashikodi has signed on for Ebbsfleet United. Liam Daish said "He is just the type of forward I am looking for" (I wonder how far he has looked).
To be fair to Daish the list of unfit, mentally deranged yet totally narcistical strikers is very short at Blue Square Premier level.
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: I would not be surprised if Reedy left as he will struggle to win a starting place with us in Div2. By the way I have just read that Moses Ashikodi has signed on for Ebbsfleet United. Liam Daish said "He is just the type of forward I am looking for" (I wonder how far he has looked).[/p][/quote]To be fair to Daish the list of unfit, mentally deranged yet totally narcistical strikers is very short at Blue Square Premier level. PhilTopping

8:29pm Tue 3 Jul 12

ycfc says...

Reed laughing at the rumour on twitter, not quite sure what that means in football terms haha
Reed laughing at the rumour on twitter, not quite sure what that means in football terms haha ycfc

9:01pm Tue 3 Jul 12

duffy says...

ycfc wrote:
Reed laughing at the rumour on twitter, not quite sure what that means in football terms haha
In other words it's rubbish.
[quote][p][bold]ycfc[/bold] wrote: Reed laughing at the rumour on twitter, not quite sure what that means in football terms haha[/p][/quote]In other words it's rubbish. duffy

7:35am Wed 4 Jul 12

robiniorocks says...

Seems like Connell will go to a league 1 club but a wage cut is his issue. Come to York and get REAL football! http://www.thisisswi
ndontownfc.co.uk/new
s/headlines/9795801.
Time_for_Connell_to_
cut_and_run_/
Seems like Connell will go to a league 1 club but a wage cut is his issue. Come to York and get REAL football! http://www.thisisswi ndontownfc.co.uk/new s/headlines/9795801. Time_for_Connell_to_ cut_and_run_/ robiniorocks

7:38am Wed 4 Jul 12

robiniorocks says...

For Smith its either us, Oxford or Cheltenham.

http://www.thisisswi
ndontownfc.co.uk/new
s/headlines/9795801.
Time_for_Connell_to_
cut_and_run_/

If he wants to stay in the south the other 2 clubs have the advantage, if he wants to play football hopefuly he will choose us.

3 very beautiful cities in the chase!
For Smith its either us, Oxford or Cheltenham. http://www.thisisswi ndontownfc.co.uk/new s/headlines/9795801. Time_for_Connell_to_ cut_and_run_/ If he wants to stay in the south the other 2 clubs have the advantage, if he wants to play football hopefuly he will choose us. 3 very beautiful cities in the chase! robiniorocks

9:11am Wed 4 Jul 12

Brodes says...

I have to say, though maybe contrversial for some, I dont think we need either Smith, Moke or Connell given our current squad.
Have plenty of midfielders (far too many already in my opinion). Also fairly certain Potts has a 2 year deal as mentioned a while ago about staying on twitter.
Also have 2 main strikers in a 4-3-3 plus Hendo as back up. Plus at least 4 strikers/wingers in Coulson, Johnson, Blair and Chambo.

We dont need anything else!Stop encouraging stupid spending!!
I have to say, though maybe contrversial for some, I dont think we need either Smith, Moke or Connell given our current squad. Have plenty of midfielders (far too many already in my opinion). Also fairly certain Potts has a 2 year deal as mentioned a while ago about staying on twitter. Also have 2 main strikers in a 4-3-3 plus Hendo as back up. Plus at least 4 strikers/wingers in Coulson, Johnson, Blair and Chambo. We dont need anything else!Stop encouraging stupid spending!! Brodes

9:15am Wed 4 Jul 12

Stretch says...

According to the Swindon Advertiser Di Canio is encouraging Connell to accept the deal offered by a league one club.
According to the Swindon Advertiser Di Canio is encouraging Connell to accept the deal offered by a league one club. Stretch

9:23am Wed 4 Jul 12

duffy says...

Brodes wrote:
I have to say, though maybe contrversial for some, I dont think we need either Smith, Moke or Connell given our current squad.
Have plenty of midfielders (far too many already in my opinion). Also fairly certain Potts has a 2 year deal as mentioned a while ago about staying on twitter.
Also have 2 main strikers in a 4-3-3 plus Hendo as back up. Plus at least 4 strikers/wingers in Coulson, Johnson, Blair and Chambo.

We dont need anything else!Stop encouraging stupid spending!!
We don't have any real competition for the central striking to roll given Mills rarely plays Reed or Henderson, all we have other than that is wingers who can play the odd game in the centre if needed. Smith would give us the box to box midfielder we need. I think we need both to compleat the squad.
[quote][p][bold]Brodes[/bold] wrote: I have to say, though maybe contrversial for some, I dont think we need either Smith, Moke or Connell given our current squad. Have plenty of midfielders (far too many already in my opinion). Also fairly certain Potts has a 2 year deal as mentioned a while ago about staying on twitter. Also have 2 main strikers in a 4-3-3 plus Hendo as back up. Plus at least 4 strikers/wingers in Coulson, Johnson, Blair and Chambo. We dont need anything else!Stop encouraging stupid spending!![/p][/quote]We don't have any real competition for the central striking to roll given Mills rarely plays Reed or Henderson, all we have other than that is wingers who can play the odd game in the centre if needed. Smith would give us the box to box midfielder we need. I think we need both to compleat the squad. duffy

9:38am Wed 4 Jul 12

ycfc says...

Mills has said the deal is nearly done for the striker so doesn't sound like it is Connell but we shall wait and see, completely agree about needing another out and out striker for competion as mills doesnt seem to like reed and Henderson has not impressed!! Smith take it or leave it for me I thought he was a steady away player for us but not the world beater some on here are making him out to be!
Mills has said the deal is nearly done for the striker so doesn't sound like it is Connell but we shall wait and see, completely agree about needing another out and out striker for competion as mills doesnt seem to like reed and Henderson has not impressed!! Smith take it or leave it for me I thought he was a steady away player for us but not the world beater some on here are making him out to be! ycfc

9:44am Wed 4 Jul 12

Sir Alex says...

At least Swindon don't want a fee for Connell. Strange since they paid £115k only a year ago.

Smith has spoken to two clubs it says, so any deal for him could be close.Depends how settled he is down south. Cheltenham may just be too handy and therefore suspect he will go there.
At least Swindon don't want a fee for Connell. Strange since they paid £115k only a year ago. Smith has spoken to two clubs it says, so any deal for him could be close.Depends how settled he is down south. Cheltenham may just be too handy and therefore suspect he will go there. Sir Alex

9:50am Wed 4 Jul 12

duffy says...

ycfc wrote:
Mills has said the deal is nearly done for the striker so doesn't sound like it is Connell but we shall wait and see, completely agree about needing another out and out striker for competion as mills doesnt seem to like reed and Henderson has not impressed!! Smith take it or leave it for me I thought he was a steady away player for us but not the world beater some on here are making him out to be!
I honestly though Smith was far and away our best midfielder before he left for Swindon, I was gutted when he left in the same way I was when we lost Neil Bishop
[quote][p][bold]ycfc[/bold] wrote: Mills has said the deal is nearly done for the striker so doesn't sound like it is Connell but we shall wait and see, completely agree about needing another out and out striker for competion as mills doesnt seem to like reed and Henderson has not impressed!! Smith take it or leave it for me I thought he was a steady away player for us but not the world beater some on here are making him out to be![/p][/quote]I honestly though Smith was far and away our best midfielder before he left for Swindon, I was gutted when he left in the same way I was when we lost Neil Bishop duffy

10:07am Wed 4 Jul 12

ycfc says...

duffy wrote:
ycfc wrote:
Mills has said the deal is nearly done for the striker so doesn't sound like it is Connell but we shall wait and see, completely agree about needing another out and out striker for competion as mills doesnt seem to like reed and Henderson has not impressed!! Smith take it or leave it for me I thought he was a steady away player for us but not the world beater some on here are making him out to be!
I honestly though Smith was far and away our best midfielder before he left for Swindon, I was gutted when he left in the same way I was when we lost Neil Bishop
Neil bishop fair enough, Jonathan smith good player but IMO not worth worrying about if he goes somewhere else!
[quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ycfc[/bold] wrote: Mills has said the deal is nearly done for the striker so doesn't sound like it is Connell but we shall wait and see, completely agree about needing another out and out striker for competion as mills doesnt seem to like reed and Henderson has not impressed!! Smith take it or leave it for me I thought he was a steady away player for us but not the world beater some on here are making him out to be![/p][/quote]I honestly though Smith was far and away our best midfielder before he left for Swindon, I was gutted when he left in the same way I was when we lost Neil Bishop[/p][/quote]Neil bishop fair enough, Jonathan smith good player but IMO not worth worrying about if he goes somewhere else! ycfc

10:10am Wed 4 Jul 12

sixtyfourfive says...

ycfc wrote:
Mills has said the deal is nearly done for the striker so doesn't sound like it is Connell but we shall wait and see, completely agree about needing another out and out striker for competion as mills doesnt seem to like reed and Henderson has not impressed!! Smith take it or leave it for me I thought he was a steady away player for us but not the world beater some on here are making him out to be!
I thought it was just me although reading above and talking to a few other fans seems I am not alone in thinking the hype over Smith is a little over the top.I never thought he was a world beater in his one season at York and if I recall he initially struggled to hold down a regular place.Yes he was a steady player but I was not too fussed when he left. We did not I recall have a particularly good season even with him in the team.Interestingly Di Canio is hinting that Swindon want to play a bit more football and Smith does not fit that style/will not find the space etc.Surprising therefore as a passing/footballing side City see a need for him.
[quote][p][bold]ycfc[/bold] wrote: Mills has said the deal is nearly done for the striker so doesn't sound like it is Connell but we shall wait and see, completely agree about needing another out and out striker for competion as mills doesnt seem to like reed and Henderson has not impressed!! Smith take it or leave it for me I thought he was a steady away player for us but not the world beater some on here are making him out to be![/p][/quote]I thought it was just me although reading above and talking to a few other fans seems I am not alone in thinking the hype over Smith is a little over the top.I never thought he was a world beater in his one season at York and if I recall he initially struggled to hold down a regular place.Yes he was a steady player but I was not too fussed when he left. We did not I recall have a particularly good season even with him in the team.Interestingly Di Canio is hinting that Swindon want to play a bit more football and Smith does not fit that style/will not find the space etc.Surprising therefore as a passing/footballing side City see a need for him. sixtyfourfive

10:15am Wed 4 Jul 12

ycfc says...

sixtyfourfive wrote:
ycfc wrote:
Mills has said the deal is nearly done for the striker so doesn't sound like it is Connell but we shall wait and see, completely agree about needing another out and out striker for competion as mills doesnt seem to like reed and Henderson has not impressed!! Smith take it or leave it for me I thought he was a steady away player for us but not the world beater some on here are making him out to be!
I thought it was just me although reading above and talking to a few other fans seems I am not alone in thinking the hype over Smith is a little over the top.I never thought he was a world beater in his one season at York and if I recall he initially struggled to hold down a regular place.Yes he was a steady player but I was not too fussed when he left. We did not I recall have a particularly good season even with him in the team.Interestingly Di Canio is hinting that Swindon want to play a bit more football and Smith does not fit that style/will not find the space etc.Surprising therefore as a passing/footballing side City see a need for him.
Spot on!!
[quote][p][bold]sixtyfourfive[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ycfc[/bold] wrote: Mills has said the deal is nearly done for the striker so doesn't sound like it is Connell but we shall wait and see, completely agree about needing another out and out striker for competion as mills doesnt seem to like reed and Henderson has not impressed!! Smith take it or leave it for me I thought he was a steady away player for us but not the world beater some on here are making him out to be![/p][/quote]I thought it was just me although reading above and talking to a few other fans seems I am not alone in thinking the hype over Smith is a little over the top.I never thought he was a world beater in his one season at York and if I recall he initially struggled to hold down a regular place.Yes he was a steady player but I was not too fussed when he left. We did not I recall have a particularly good season even with him in the team.Interestingly Di Canio is hinting that Swindon want to play a bit more football and Smith does not fit that style/will not find the space etc.Surprising therefore as a passing/footballing side City see a need for him.[/p][/quote]Spot on!! ycfc

10:53am Wed 4 Jul 12

duffy says...

sixtyfourfive wrote:
ycfc wrote:
Mills has said the deal is nearly done for the striker so doesn't sound like it is Connell but we shall wait and see, completely agree about needing another out and out striker for competion as mills doesnt seem to like reed and Henderson has not impressed!! Smith take it or leave it for me I thought he was a steady away player for us but not the world beater some on here are making him out to be!
I thought it was just me although reading above and talking to a few other fans seems I am not alone in thinking the hype over Smith is a little over the top.I never thought he was a world beater in his one season at York and if I recall he initially struggled to hold down a regular place.Yes he was a steady player but I was not too fussed when he left. We did not I recall have a particularly good season even with him in the team.Interestingly Di Canio is hinting that Swindon want to play a bit more football and Smith does not fit that style/will not find the space etc.Surprising therefore as a passing/footballing side City see a need for him.
Thing is Smith did not have the same quality of team around him that we had last season. The fact he played most of the season for a promoted team in our league shows his worth, also one of the players most Swindon fans wanted to keep
[quote][p][bold]sixtyfourfive[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ycfc[/bold] wrote: Mills has said the deal is nearly done for the striker so doesn't sound like it is Connell but we shall wait and see, completely agree about needing another out and out striker for competion as mills doesnt seem to like reed and Henderson has not impressed!! Smith take it or leave it for me I thought he was a steady away player for us but not the world beater some on here are making him out to be![/p][/quote]I thought it was just me although reading above and talking to a few other fans seems I am not alone in thinking the hype over Smith is a little over the top.I never thought he was a world beater in his one season at York and if I recall he initially struggled to hold down a regular place.Yes he was a steady player but I was not too fussed when he left. We did not I recall have a particularly good season even with him in the team.Interestingly Di Canio is hinting that Swindon want to play a bit more football and Smith does not fit that style/will not find the space etc.Surprising therefore as a passing/footballing side City see a need for him.[/p][/quote]Thing is Smith did not have the same quality of team around him that we had last season. The fact he played most of the season for a promoted team in our league shows his worth, also one of the players most Swindon fans wanted to keep duffy

11:03am Wed 4 Jul 12

Sir Alex says...

I would have both Smith/Connell.
Would complete our squad and mean competition all over the outfield.
On decent money at swindon though.
I would have both Smith/Connell. Would complete our squad and mean competition all over the outfield. On decent money at swindon though. Sir Alex

11:21am Wed 4 Jul 12

KAT1965 says...

duffy wrote:
sixtyfourfive wrote:
ycfc wrote:
Mills has said the deal is nearly done for the striker so doesn't sound like it is Connell but we shall wait and see, completely agree about needing another out and out striker for competion as mills doesnt seem to like reed and Henderson has not impressed!! Smith take it or leave it for me I thought he was a steady away player for us but not the world beater some on here are making him out to be!
I thought it was just me although reading above and talking to a few other fans seems I am not alone in thinking the hype over Smith is a little over the top.I never thought he was a world beater in his one season at York and if I recall he initially struggled to hold down a regular place.Yes he was a steady player but I was not too fussed when he left. We did not I recall have a particularly good season even with him in the team.Interestingly Di Canio is hinting that Swindon want to play a bit more football and Smith does not fit that style/will not find the space etc.Surprising therefore as a passing/footballing side City see a need for him.
Thing is Smith did not have the same quality of team around him that we had last season. The fact he played most of the season for a promoted team in our league shows his worth, also one of the players most Swindon fans wanted to keep
I agree Duffy - the doubters should watch the highlights of the Luton and Crawley home games from April 2011. Great to again see Brabin get sent off. Note the Walker miss that is identical to the one against Mansfield in the home Play-Off semi.

http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=AZEN4G9D7
m8

http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=8aVnpbU11
Zk
[quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sixtyfourfive[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ycfc[/bold] wrote: Mills has said the deal is nearly done for the striker so doesn't sound like it is Connell but we shall wait and see, completely agree about needing another out and out striker for competion as mills doesnt seem to like reed and Henderson has not impressed!! Smith take it or leave it for me I thought he was a steady away player for us but not the world beater some on here are making him out to be![/p][/quote]I thought it was just me although reading above and talking to a few other fans seems I am not alone in thinking the hype over Smith is a little over the top.I never thought he was a world beater in his one season at York and if I recall he initially struggled to hold down a regular place.Yes he was a steady player but I was not too fussed when he left. We did not I recall have a particularly good season even with him in the team.Interestingly Di Canio is hinting that Swindon want to play a bit more football and Smith does not fit that style/will not find the space etc.Surprising therefore as a passing/footballing side City see a need for him.[/p][/quote]Thing is Smith did not have the same quality of team around him that we had last season. The fact he played most of the season for a promoted team in our league shows his worth, also one of the players most Swindon fans wanted to keep[/p][/quote]I agree Duffy - the doubters should watch the highlights of the Luton and Crawley home games from April 2011. Great to again see Brabin get sent off. Note the Walker miss that is identical to the one against Mansfield in the home Play-Off semi. http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=AZEN4G9D7 m8 http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=8aVnpbU11 Zk KAT1965

12:38pm Wed 4 Jul 12

YoRkIe59 says...

one concern with smith was the number of cautions and suspensions he received i know up to a point thats just the kind of midfielder he is put it can be costly to us,as for talk of brodie coming back h,mm would be interesting re the fans to see that i am also a little suprised tho that crawley are intend on keeping him now they are in league one but didnt think him good enough for league 2 last season.
one concern with smith was the number of cautions and suspensions he received i know up to a point thats just the kind of midfielder he is put it can be costly to us,as for talk of brodie coming back h,mm would be interesting re the fans to see that i am also a little suprised tho that crawley are intend on keeping him now they are in league one but didnt think him good enough for league 2 last season. YoRkIe59

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