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Watson on new recruits

14th September 2019

City manager, Steve Watson revealed his delight having tied down the future of promising young wing-back Charlie Jebson King, rewarding him with a professional contract at the club as he transitions into the first team set up.

Watson said: “Young players have to earn a contract and Charlie has been in with the first-team from day one of pre-season, he’s been travelling away with us too, but more importantly he’s started the season really well.

“He’s a very talented player, he can play as a left-sided midfielder, at the left of a front three and as a left wing-back as he has for the academy.

“His goals and assists ratio for a wing-back has been very good. He’s a York lad too, so he ticks all the boxes and he deserves this. 

Jebson King contributed seven goals during the 2018/19 for the City Youth Team and played the full 90 minutes of City’s North Riding Senior Cup win over Northallerton town.

Watson added: “He’ll certainly go into our thinking - he’s got good competition because David Ferguson has started the season very brightly.

“Charlie is going to be challenging arguably one of the best players in the team and it’s a tough ask for him, but that’s football. 

“He’s certainly somebody that I wouldn’t have to many worries about throwing into the team.

“He only signed the deal yesterday and then he had to go back to college, in fact he completed it on his college lunch break!

“It’s the right deal for the club too, but I wouldn’t have done it if he didn’t justify it as a footballer and I think he’s ready to step up and train full-time with the senior players now.”

City also completed the signing of ex-Birmingham City striker, Kyle McFarlane, an exciting addition who Watson was familiar with from his time at St Andrews as a coach.

He said: “When I realised Kyle was back to full fitness, and that he had parted company with Birmingham, we got him in and he’s trained with us for a weeks.

“With Dan Maguire being out for at least another month, we thought it would work for both parties. It’s a chance for Kyle to prove himself, but also a chance for us to get back to full strength in that department.

“I remember him as a 17-year-old and he was one of the standout under-23s players at the time, he’s very quick and technically good too. He’s something different to what we have already got. 

“I’m always looking to improve the squad but at the moment I’m happy with what we’ve got,” he concluded.




Article by Rob Glover.

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