As Gary Mills has officially signed on for another year at Bootham Crescent his next job is no doubt figuring out who he wants to keep for York City’s 2017/18 season in the National League North.
I expect a retained list to be published once the FA Trophy has concluded, however until then I thought I’d look into the players York City will most likely have for next season.
So who could be playing next year?
I created a possible York City XI for next season based upon the players York have on deals until 2018. To be honest the line up does not look terrible. Also consider that City will be playing in the sixth tier next season.
Because of the lower level of football I believe that some of the younger players brought in on the merit that they are hungry for success may come good in the National League North.
In particular I see Kaine Felix doing well as I have heard rave reviews about his performances at Stockport last season in the division.
Here’s a clip of his assist against Tamworth:
— Stockport County FC (@StockportCounty) March 25, 2017
When I saw him at home he had periods of looking like a dangerous winger with his pace and dribbling skills. I’m hoping he will stay on at City and prove his doubters wrong.
Jack Higgins is another who was a regular in the side, making 15 appearances, up until his loan move to Southport.
He was signed from the Conference North in 2016 and was Stalybridge Celtic’s top goalscorer, with 13 goals from defence, which obviously shows he has the ability at this level.
Realistically who can we keep?
Vadaine Oliver has been a new player since coming back from Notts County but has said himself that he wants to be playing in the football league. The National League North would be a step in the wrong direction and I see a League Two or high level National League club coming in for the striker.
Jon Parkin would be a massive coup for the club if he decides to stay on for another year. I can see him getting 25+ goals in the sixth tier, even at 35 he is still a goalscorer. My guess is that he will either sign on or retire.
Moke, Whittle and Letheren will no doubt attract interest from National League or higher next year so I will be surprised if Gary Mills can persuade them to sign longer deals at the club.
Due to injury problems Oyebanjo and Lappin will most likely be heading for the door as their contracts expire in June.
I expect alot of these players to have a relegation release clause of some kind so some of the ones on contract can move on for free. Failing this at least York will get some sort of financial benefit from outgoing players.
Let me know who you think we should keep by tweeting me.
What about the players on loan?
I have not included players Parslow, Bencherif, Hall or Morgan-Smith on the contracts list because they are contracted on loan until the end of the season. These players have been fantastic for York in the latter stages of the season and with them all out of contract at their parent clubs it gives City an opportunity for next season.
Realistically I don’t think any of these players will sign. Asa Hall was wanted back by Cheltenham in March, Parlslow was voted players player of the season when Cheltenham won the National League in 15/16, Bencherif left Halifax for Wrexham when they were relegated last year and Morgan-Smith is way too good to be playing in the sixth tier.
That being said in my eyes Parslow has an outside chance of signing. He will be 32 years old in September and obviously has a place for York City in his heart having been at the club 10 seasons.