York v Newport: New deals for Minstermen put on hold

York City manager Russ Wilcox (Picture: Tony Johnson).
York City manager Russ Wilcox (Picture: Tony Johnson).
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WHILE stressing that no decisions will be taken on York City’s impending out of contract players until after the final two games, manager Russ Wilcox believes securing Football League survival ahead of the season’s finale could prove vital in planning for next term.

The Minstermen pulled themselves clear of the relegation dogfight 10 days ago with a 2-1 victory at home to Morecambe.

Considering how deep in trouble York had been less than a month earlier, clinching survival with three games remaining was a big achievement.

It also meant Wilcox, while wanting to finish the campaign strongly, could start to turn his attention towards planning for 2015-16.

“It is a big summer for us,” said York’s boss. “It always is, to be fair, regardless of whether you have gone up or down or just stayed where you were. Securing our place with a few games to go helped give us a head start.

“Knowing we are in League Two again next season meant we could get planning and put things in place that little bit earlier.

“Contracts will be left until the final games are out of the way.

“We want to finish strongly and as high as possible. We don’t want any distractions.”

In common with most teams in the basement division, York have several players due to fall out of contract this summer.

Included in the list are Michael Ingham, Tom Platt and Lewis Montrose plus injured duo Wes Fletcher and Josh Carson.

Dan Parslow and Ryan Jarvis, both out on loan at the moment, are also nearing the end of their respective deals, leaving Wilcox with plenty of decisions to make.

He added: “Having a smallish squad of 18-19 has helped. We have kept everyone involved and kept everyone together. That has been a big factor in our favour.”