York City have fielded 48 players this season

When Jackie McNamara and chairman Jason McGill set out to recruit in the summer they used the tactic of signing players with potential and players who were hungry for success at a professional level. This saw the likes of Kaine Felix and Daniel Nti sign for the club who had both been playing in the Vanarama National League North the previous season.

For me I think there needed to be a balance of potential as well as experience in a league I consider to be very competitive with big teams such as Lincoln, Wrexham and Tranmere Rovers just to name a few.

The National League is a hard league to get out of with only 2 promotion spaces up for grabs and in my opinion if York really wanted they could have signed a lot more experienced players at this level and from league 2. I believe this just because of their stature in the lower leagues as well as the fact that McGill has claimed that they are top 3 in the league in terms of wage budget.

Since the Mills takeover I thought I’d dig into the stats and see how many players have actually played for the Minstermen this season considering the many in comings and outgoings at the football club since Millsy’s appointment.

York 1617 apps

The Cheltenam revolution seems to be a hit with the manager as all three players signed from the Robins have started each of the games they have been available for.

48 players have played for York City this season and with the release of all the agent and intermediary fees for National League clubs I can tell you that York City spent £8,660 from 2nd February 2016 to the 31st January 2017. Surprisingly this is considerably lower than some teams such a Forest Green who spent £174,613 and Wrexham who paid £26,032.

I’m amazed that this figure is so low as 46 players have played this season alone, more players can be added to this figure from the end of last season. One twitter user suggested that York went through one particular agent to recruit players and that is why the fees are so low. Even if that is true then York have still done well to keep their fees to a minimum compared to their National League rivals. Aldershot in comparison have spent only £52 on agent fees.. can anyone lend Jason McGill the agents number?

Published by Dan Simmonite

Aspiring sport media professional currently working with Northumberland FA. Also write for the grassroots section of the Newcastle Chronicle.

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