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City 'keepers in safe hands with Andy Collett

14th February 2020

Goalkeeping coach Andy Collett is glowing with pride at how well the club’s ‘keepers have been performing so far this season.

After succeeding Adam Bartlett during the summer, Pete Jameson has stepped up to the plate since joining the club from part-timers Blyth Spartans, keeping 15 clean sheets.

And in his first season as a full-time professional, Collett believes that Jameson’s performances show how well he has made the adjustment from being a part-time player.

“I think Pete has done fantastically well for us,” boasted Collett.

“He found things challenging the first few weeks but has adapted to the extra workload really well, which you can see on the pitch.”

When Jamieson hasn’t played, academy graduate Ryan Whitley has been playing in his place, featuring in most of City’s cup games this season.

But after he was loaned out to South Shields, Whitley has been an ever-present for the Mariners, featuring four times, twice against Morpeth Town and once against Stalybridge Celtic.

Collett, who returned to York in 2017 after two years at Gateshead, explained that the young shot-stopper simply needed first team football.

“We just wanted him out there playing games.

“It is a great level for him to play at and in the games that he has featured for them, Ryan has performed really well. It will be a good experience for him.”

In Whitley’s absence, academy prospect Jake Teale has been training with the first team, after numerous impressive displays for the U19s.

And Collett was quick to point out how much faith the club had in their goalkeeping unit.

“Having a full-time goalkeeping coach shows you just how valued the ‘keepers are at the football club. All we can do and all I can do is try to improve all of them,” said Collett.

“It is quite nice because they are improving, and the outfield coaches can see that.

“Where that will take them, who knows?”



Article by Ed Painter.

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