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Rob Guilfoyle and Archie Whitfield sign on for City

By Dan Simmonite | 5th September 2020

We are pleased to announce the signings of forward player Rob Guilfoyle and defensive midfielder Archie Whitfield. 

Guilfoyle joins after his release from Championship side Hull City, where he scored 50 goals in two seasons for the U18s and U23 sides. The centre forward also scored twice in City’s 4-1 victory over Newcastle United U23s this afternoon.

The 18-year-old returns to City after previously leaving the club's academy set-up at U16s to join up with Hull.

Former youth team captain Whitfield has also secured his first professional contract after impressing Manager Steve Watson in first team training. 

Upon revealing the signings, Watson said: “Rob is a young lad, from York, and he came in on trial with us. What Rob’s done since coming through the door from day one is score goals virtually every training session. 

“In stature, he looks quite a slight kid, but he’s gritty, has a good idea of where the ball is going to drop and is one of those who is right place right time strikers. 

“There’s lots for him to learn and lots for him to improve on but scoring two goals against Newcastle on your first game with three days of training isn’t a bad start.” 

He continued, speaking on Archie Whitfield: “Archie is someone who can play in two or three positions. His attitude is unbelievable, his energy and aggression – there is still room in the game for aggression. 

“He’s a run through a brick wall type of lad and someone I want around the place.” 

The management now has a squad of 17 with just under a month to go until the season starts on October 3rd. 

“I’m building up a really good squad of young lads to push those who are brought in to start. I got my first start when I was 16 so if they look ready and they are performing – we have 7 games pre-season – I won't be afraid to put them in,” added Watson. 

Both signings have been made possible from the Vice Presidents’ crowdfunding campaign in which fans raised £30,000 to help team development, with an emphasis on young talent. 

Marketing and Communications Director Richard Adams spearheaded the campaign. He said: “First and foremost it was overwhelming to see so many of our supporters give up their hard-earned money to support the club in June and I’m glad the manager is putting it to good use.

“I must thank the Vice Presidents who doubled the initial £15,000 raised in the fundraiser. Without the joint efforts, we would have not been able to bring in these two high-caliber young players which will be the first of many.” 

Watson added: “It was a fantastic idea which got a fantastic response and every club wants to see an element of youth coming through – one of their own – Yorkshire lads breaking into the team. It’s great to be able to do that on a higher level than we have in the past.” 

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