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Archie Whitfield: "This is what you work for all your life."

By Dan Simmonite | 7th September 2020

Archie Whitfield signed his first professional contract on the weekend, becoming the sixth current first team player to progress from the York City academy. 

The 18-year-old was one of a few third-year youth team players invited to train with the first team at the start of pre-season and played 45 minutes in City’s 4-1 victory against Newcastle United U23s on Saturday. 

Speaking upon signing he said: “I’m really happy, this is what you work for all your life and I’m glad it's finally happened. 

“I’ve trained with [the first team] a little bit throughout when I was in the youth team and I’ve always enjoyed it then.  

“Since we’ve started back the new lads seem really sound and I’m looking forward to getting to know them better and hopefully get promoted this season with them.” 

The former U19s captain plays as a defensive midfielder and will provide competition in that area for the upcoming season with Steve Watson stating recently, he will not be afraid to start younger players if they impress in pre-season. 

Whitfield added: “I’m a deep-lying midfielder, usually, I’m combative, strong and I like winning the ball and the defensive part of the game. 

“Tim [Ryan] (Youth Team Manager) helped me a lot. Before I came played a bit further up and he identified I was a bit better defensively and helped guide me in that position.” 

Speaking on his goals for the upcoming season, the former Thirsk School pupil said: “I just want to push the first team and try and stay with them and hopefully make a few appearances and help out as much as I can.” 

Whitfield was given the opportunity thanks to the Vice Presidents’ fundraiser, in which supporters contributed £30,000 towards squad development for the new season, with an emphasis on young talent. 

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