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Rankine: "It's great to be back"

3rd August 2017

Striker Michael Rankine is loving life back in 'full-time' football after returning for a third spell at York City this summer.

Rankine, who last played for the Minstermen in a competitive fixture four years ago, has spent the last two years playing part-time football.

He says he rejected new terms at Guiseley to link-up with manager Gary Mills who he has worked under now at three different clubs.

"I had no plans to come back full-time," said the 32-year-old. "But, if I was going to come back full-time, it was going to be with the Gaffer.

"I wanted to come back here. I have always made it clear that I wanted to come back and it's been great. I have enjoyed every moment of it," he added.

"It's what I needed, to be honest. Being here, every day, with the boys, you can't ask for much more. It's been really good. You step away from it and you realise ' well, it could be worse!'"

Burly frontman Rankine believes his sizeable frame can be a major attribute for the Minstermen this season as they bid to win promotion.

"With football now, the bigger stronger players will start coming back in. You do need bigger guys. You need that physical presence," he said.

"I am not going to come and stand here and say I am the 'most skilful' player in the world or the 'most composed' in the world. I am not. Far from it.

"But I will throw my body on the line and I will work hard. That's all I can do," he added. "If I can chip in with a couple of goals, or provide goals, I have done my job. And I will use my attributes for as long as I can.

"I feel like I am still very mobile for my size. I am a big lad but I am very mobile for my size. If it bothers other managers or players, that is up to them. It is what it is and I am what I am. Not many people can do what I do - or what Jon (Parkin) does."

City manager Gary Mills has yet to reveal his starting line-up for Saturday's opening game of the season against AFC Telford United at Bootham Crescent (kick-off 3pm) but Rankine is prepared to play whatever role is required this season.

"I have just got to be patient. The Gaffer has got a plan," he commented. "It's a team game and we have got a very good squad. If I start, that's brilliant. If I don't, I will still be part of what is going to go on here."

Watch the full video interview, including a hilarious early interruption by team-mate Jon Parkin, by clicking the link below.


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