YORK City youngsters Alex Payne, Bill Marshall, Harley Dawson and Leon Gibson-Booth are set to be rewarded with professional contracts. 

Adam Hinshelwood had made it clear to the Press last week that he is keen to create a pathway from the York academy to the first-team, and has shown a great deal of interest by attending the under-19's and academy fixtures. 

The under-19's have again enjoyed a remarkable campaign, reaching the National League Football Academy League Cup on Wednesday afternoon, with a 2-0 victory over Blyth Spartans.

The York manager has now revealed that four of the under-19's will be rewarded with professional contracts, and could be involved in the matchday squad before the end-of-the-season, and discussed potential transfer ongoings after the departure of Will Davies to Bromley earlier today, with the deadline taking place tonight.

“Potentially, there’s talks happening but nothing concrete at this stage," Hinshelwood said on York's transfer business.

"It’s both ways, if someone was to go out then we would look to bring someone in, we have to look at that.

"I am relatively happy with the players that we have got coming back in training, we will have a crop of 20 players and a few of the youth team boys as well that we are going to get signed on.

"There will be four of them, just in case there is any illness.

"We will have a bit of extra firepower, and from what I have seen they definitely deserve to be in and around it.

"We want to make sure that we have all bases covered heading into the final few weeks.

“It’s something that I thoroughly believe in, I have always given younger players an opportunity and you look at the lad from [Manchester] United, who is now starting for England [Kobbie Mainoo].

"Someone had to give him an opportunity to play in the United first-team, and within a season he is representing his country.

"If they are good enough, then they are old enough and it will be thoroughly good for these lads to come in and be involved.

"They’ll come and train with the group and experience what it is like on a matchday, so it’ll be really good to have them in the group in the remaining few weeks.

“The three midfield boys, Alex Payne, Bill [Marshall], [Harley] Dawson and the left-handed centre-halve Leon [Gibson-Booth].

"I’ve been to watch a few of their games now and have been really impressed with what I have seen, they are really hungry players and we want to have more of a link to the youth team.

"I’ve been really impressed with what I have seen, I have been to watch the under-13’s and the under-15’s and a few games for the under-19’s.

"We want a pathway, we want to start creating a pathway into York City who have come from our youth team and into our set-up when they are ready."

Hinshelwood also provided an update on the future of midfielder Alex Woodyard, who was made available for transfer last week, with the 30-year-old looking likely to stay at the football club with no approaches being made.

Hinshelwood confirmed: “We haven’t had nothing at the moment.

"Woody has been an ultra professional and training well, he hasn’t been involved in the squads and the squads have done well, so he knows he’s going to have to be patient for his opportunity again.

"He’s trained really well and hasn’t been a problem, I know that he will keep the professionalism between now and the end of the season, he will be ready."