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Josh feeling King after debut

By Dan Simmonite | 3rd September 2019

Young defender Josh King was delighted after making his professional debut on the weekend – reaching his goal of playing professional football after signing terms this summer.

King was playing college football with Carlisle United’s Park View setup and captained the under-19s side in the National Football Youth League before being plucked by the Minstermen after a successful trial.

And the 19-year-old was called into the first eleven after an injury to club captain Steve McNulty and played on the right-hand side of defence in the 3-2 victory against Gloucester City.

Speaking after the game, he said: “It felt great, I’ve been looking forward to doing this all my life.

“I found out I was playing on the morning, so I had to prepare myself right.

“Playing in the League at my age is quite hard but I thought I played well so hopefully I get a few more games.”

Sean Newton and Joe Tait played alongside King in the back three on Saturday, and the youngster hopes to learn from the older heads in the team as he develops this season.

He added: “They are well experienced, and I’m still learning off them as well as putting my own style on things.

“As a team we know we could have done a bit better but it’s another three points on the road – we know what we need to put right.”

McNulty is still doubtful ahead of today’s clash against Guiseley, which may see King start for the second successive game. However, Steve Watson still has Harry Spratt at his disposal who can also play at centre half.

King added: “It’s up to the gaffer at the end of the day but I’m going to train how I train and do everything I can right.”

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