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Whitley speaks on time with Scarborough

13th January 2021

Ryan Whitley went to Scarborough Athletic intending to play 'at least 20 games up until January’ but after numerous postponed games and their season cut short, he managed eight appearances and kept three clean sheets.

A York City fan born and bred, Whitley is now aiming to make the number one shirt his own during the second half of the season as City continue the push for promotion.

Despite making only a handful of appearances through no fault of his own, Whitley believes ‘it was really good to get out there and play men’s football’ as he looks to take that experience into his fight for a starting position in Steve Watson’s side.

He spoke about what he learned and why he joined the Seadogs: “It was really good to get out there and play men's football instead of just sitting on the bench. To get experience at a young age is just so vital.

“Scarborough are an ex-league club so when we were playing at home, obviously because of Covid could only have so many fans in the ground but they are proper fans. They’ve been with them from when they were in the league and their Saturday is all about getting three points for their Scarborough.”

It wasn’t plane sailing for Whitley though with Scarborough seeing games being called off due to Covid-19 mainly which hampered his development.

Whitley felt slightly frustrated with the number of postponements, he explained: “Yeah, it was really frustrating because I’ve gone there and looking at the league thinking here we go, at least 20 games up until January and then if I did well, get it extended and I’m looking at 40 games.

“I was thinking this is going to be really good but I’ve only managed to get eight so it’s quite disappointing really but there’s nothing I can do about it.”

Whitley has not been left disheartened by his lack of game time.

“I think I have improved a lot and throughout the games, I’ve made little mistakes like kicking might have been a bit off or I might have missed a cross.

“However, I feel like that helps and you learn from that and you go onto the next game. As a whole, I feel like I did quite well there and proved that I can play at that level.”

Being from York and getting the chance to play for the Minstermen would be ‘thrilling’ for Whitley, he added.

“I’d love it. I’ve said it in a lot of interviews but I’ve been a York supporter since I was nine so I've been watching Michael Ingham for most of it.

“To represent the club, you support and to be that number one would be quite thrilling, I’d love it.

“That’s always a dream to try and be York’s number one and I think with more experience it can be true.”



Article by Aaron Hindhaugh.

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