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Lewis Cunningham joins York City

By Dan Simmonite | 10th August 2021

York City Football Club is delighted to welcome the signing of Lewis Cunningham from Doncaster Rovers.

The 18-year-old defender signs a deal with the Minstermen after a successful trial period, featuring throughout pre-season.

The youngster started his youth career at Premier League side Manchester City before playing with Barnsley for six years and then onto Doncaster for his youth scholarship, where he was described as ‘one to watch’ by the local press.

Upon signing, Cunningham said: “I came in for pre-season training to see how I did and then I got the call a couple of weeks ago.

“I’m over the moon to get it done and I’m just grateful for the opportunity. I’ve come here for a new challenge and I’m looking forward to it.

“The lads have helped me through this period and I feel I’m starting to reap the benefits of their experience and I’m learning from them every day.

“I want to push myself into as many matchday squads as I can try and get a few appearances maybe even start a few – you’ve got to aim high and try and get as many appearances as you can.”

Speaking on his most recent signing, Manager Steve Watson said: “He’s a left-footed defender who can play left side of centre half or left back and again will be a player who is around our squad on a daily basis but also play with the U19s team and hopefully he will progress.

He continued: “It’s very tough to get through the system and get in the team and stay in the team but if anyone comes in and does that and does well then they will stay in the team. Nobody knows better than me - if you are young enough and you are good enough then you will play.

“Never say never but at the moment they are going to be learning their trade behind the senior players and because of the numbers they will all be in and around the squad which is great experience for them.

“Especially with the defensive injuries we’ve got at the moment, we’ve had a fantastic pre-season, but we are actually looking quite short at the minute – you can’t cater for four injuries when you haven’t got a huge squad so he will certainly be in and around the squad at the moment.”

The move is subject to FA and National League approval.

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