NEAL ARDLEY went into detail on what York City supporters can expect from new man Danny Amos. 

The 24-year-old left-back joined York on Tuesday afternoon on a season-long loan, making the switch from Sky Bet League Two outfit Grimsby Town. 

Amos had previously earned promotion to the English Football League from the Vanarama National League beating a Solihull Moors side managed by Ardley in the 2022 play-off final, having also had spells with Doncaster Rovers and Port Vale. 

Ardley expects Amos to provide healthy competition for fellow left-backs Thierry Latty-Fairweather and Adam Crookes, with Amos' attributes being a mixture of his competitors, after Grimsby only made the defender available towards the back end of the EFL's January transfer window.

“We all know that we’ve been looking at left-backs, and in football in the January transfer window, things can change very quickly.

"A player that you didn’t think would be available, becomes available.

"With Danny it came to light towards the end of the transfer window, we had done a lot of work on two or three other players and we took that week to kind of assess Danny.

"His pedigree is exceptional, he got promoted with Grimsby at the expense of Solihull Moors, so that’s not good!

"The pedigree is there, the knowhow, he’s a great age and he’s one of the players that we did a lot of work on.

"It didn’t take us long to come back around, he’s going to be a great signing and we got it done as quickly as we could.

“We feel like he is a little bit between Thierry and Crookesy.

"Crookesy is very steady defensively, very sound and we think that Crookesey is best at centre-back, or on the left of a back three.

"Danny has got great length up and down the pitch, a great left foot, crossing-wise Thierry likes to come inside and can run with it with his pace.

"Danny is very clever, in training we can see it in when he runs in behind, similar to how Ryan Fallowfield does it, but he is very tight with the ball and keeps the ball.

"Having him there gives us the balance down that side, we’ve had injuries to Thierry and injuries to Adam and we’ve never quite had that balance.

“If we want to play four at the back and attack, then we want those full-backs attacking.

"We might look at Thierry or Danny as the option, but if we’re playing away at Barnet and we’re playing a four to be more steady, then we’ve got Crookesy.

"There’s options, that’s what we need."

Amos is available for York's trip to Southend United on Saturday, January 10 (3pm), and will be fit for action, according to manager Ardley.

This is despite the defender not featuring for Grimsby in a League Two squad since November, with Amos instead picking up valuable minutes in behind-closed-doors fixtures and in the Mariners' thumping 7-2 Emirates FA Cup victory over Slough Town.

“We did talk about that, it was part of our concerns when we did our due diligence when we did a rundown of where he had been and what he had done.

"He’s played in two behind-closed-doors games and he played in the FA Cup in December, so wanted to see his stats and his training to see whether if he ready go from Saturday to Tuesday.

"All of the feedback we have got is that he is an exceptionally fit boy and none of it seems to be a problem."