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York City boss targets promotion as club signs player from League One side

York City boss John Askey targets promotion as the club signs a player from League One side Port Vale ahead of the 2022/23 season.

Askey, 57, has insisted that he will “aim to get promoted” with his newly-promoted Minstermen for the upcoming campaign, returning to the National League for the first time since 2017.

Their tough season suddenly transformed by his arrival in November 2021 and managed to claim a playoff place in the National League before beating Boston United 2-0 in the playoff final in May 2022.

York have already confirmed 17 departures ready for what can be a brutal division to be in when form isn’t going your way, and chances of going up is made tougher with two spaces available.

“The aim is to get promoted,” said the manager. “I’ve never, as a player or manager, gone into a season thinking you can’t get promoted.

“I suppose if we start the season and we only just manage to stay up, then we’ve only just managed to stay up, but you’ve got to aim as high as possible and our target is to try and get up.

“It’s always possible and that’s why we play, we play to try and win something. It’s no use me going to the players and saying, ‘Hopefully we survive this season.’

“The players in there will want to achieve success and that’s the mentality we’ve got to have at the start of the season.

“The season will pan out however it pans out and we’ll probably have a better idea at Christmas where we are.”

Askey has experience of getting teams out of this league, having already guided Macclesfield to League Two back in 2018, prior to things getting very bad financially, then he left them for League One side Shrewsbury Town.

When asked if his achievement with the Silkmen is a good example of what he can do, Askey replied: “It shows it can be done no matter your budget.

“The season we went up we had the lowest budget and things fell into place, so it can be done.

“Grimsby Town got promoted last season through a team being really fit and working hard together, that’s what we’ll be trying to do next season.”

There is a new signing that has got many people talking this week.


We are delighted to announce the signing of Alex Hurst from League One club Port Vale for an undisclosed fee.

The winger links up again with Manager John Askey who signed the 22-year-old whilst in charge at The Valiants.

Hurst started his career in the youth system at Crewe Alexandra before impressing in non-league for the likes of Matlock Town and Bradford (Park Avenue) which earned him a move into the Football League with Port Vale.

Upon joining, he said: “I knew there was some interest from talking to my agent last year and as soon as I heard they wanted to sign me permanently I just wanted to get it over the line.

“It is a great club and I’ve worked with the Gaffer before – he gave me my debut in the Football League.

“I can play on the left or the right wing, like a wide forward, and I’d like to think I’m someone who can get the fans off their seat. I like to run at players, attack players and get crosses into the box.

“I’d like to get my stats up and to get some more goals and assists to my name is my main goal this season.”

Hurst will join up with his new teammates for pre-season training on July 1st.

Season Tickets have now passed the 1,500 mark.

The move is subject to FA and National League approval.

Olly Dyson also signed a new two-year contract, there is another incoming in Scott Boden, while Akil Wright leaves and the likes of McLaughlin and Kouogun renew their contracts in the last few weeks.

Fans reacted as York City boss targets promotion as the club signs a player from the League One side…

@jamie7reed: Really like this guy!! Has done a great job so far 💪🏻

@AlexFowler90: Champions League within the decade I reckon #ycfc

@GreekGinster: York City are gonna do a double bounce #ycfc

@birdvale1987: Be a good signing for you boys, can play either wing and can beat a man, only 22 aswell so great potential

@SirSebastian20: He’s a very hard working player and can play in a number of different positions. I’m sure he’ll be a good signing for York.

@YORKnumber9: Shows Askey is looking at top of the table with this signing. Also I’m not saying anything like names. but some of the others he has lined up are going to empress in this league, it shows Sir John’s Ambition.

@pvfcthistle: Very good signing York! Plenty of energy and commitment and won’t let you down. Sadly maybe L1 just too high for him at this age but he will go on to do well. Good luck @alexhursty15

@LewSale: You’ve got a good one there. A great person and a player who has plenty of quality and potential. Hope it works out for Hursty.

@carlsireno: Great player great potential. Love to see an out and out winger rare these days how footie should be played.

@KevMiller_PVFC: Decent signing that is. Bags of potential with a run of games. Really good player, a top lad and a hard working committed pro. Great move for both parties and good luck to both!

@jasesherratt: Best of luck at York Hursty lad! He’ll do well for you I’m certain of it. Just unlucky at Vale with the players in front of him and the system Darrell Clarke likes playing. Hope things go well for him 👍

Champions – Wrexham
Promotion Final Winner – York.
Surprise package – York

🏆 Champions Can’t see past Wrexham for this
🆙 Promotion Final winner Notts County (I hope 🤞) although will be a big ask some good clubs vying for it again
😲 Surprise package York City

Champions – Wrexham
PF Winners – York
Surprise – Dorking

Champions – Wrexham
Promoted – Chesterfield
Surprise – York

Champions – Torquay
Promotion Final Winner – York
Surprise package – York

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