YORK City manager Neal Ardley is hoping that goalkeeper David Stockdale can return to full fitness, and has gone into detail on the Minstermen’s Head of Recruitment’s role within the club.

Stockdale was the first player through the door in the Summer after gaining promotion to the Sky Bet Championship with Sheffield Wednesday, taking up a dual role as player and Head of Recruitment under former manager Michael Morton.

The 38-year-old picked up an injury in York’s 1-1 draw with Aldershot Town earlier in the season and remains on the sidelines, but has been aiding and learning under the tutelage of Ardley.

“I told him that the first thing he can do for me initially is get fit.” Ardley explained.

“The second best thing is to stay in touch, David wants to learn and part of when they brought me in with 500 or whatever games is because they all wanted to learn a little bit.

“They wanted me to help guide them, and we’re doing that as we work closely together and get on great.

“With a lot of scouts we’re always analysing on how we can improve the squad.

“I always make my own judgement on players, it’s a case of looking where the deficiencies in the squad are and where the imbalances are and looking at what’s out there.”

Ardley also went into detail on the positions he wants to improve in the City squad, with the Minstermen’s search for a back-up left-back set to be extended.

“I made it clear at the start that we were a centre-halve short and a centre-forward short, because two and two isn’t what you need.

“If anything happened to Lenny and Dips, what then?

“We wouldn’t have had Marshy until we brought him in, so it dictates everything.

“Crookesy is out, Thierry is out and we have no left-back, it shows you where the imbalances are in the squad.

“The two left-backs we had done a lot of work on, one got a niggle playing in the under-23’s game, and the other one might not be available now, the picture has changed.

“It’s a little bit of going back to the drawing board now, and I can’t rush to get someone in to play in the game tomorrow if they haven’t trained with the squad.

“I have to try and find solutions to that, which won’t be perfect but will be what they are.

“There’s lots to do, but my job is to pick up some points whilst we pull through and get the squad with the balance in it, with the right players coming in, the right players coming out, the squad fitter, stronger and more robust.

“I can’t do all of that overnight.”