Caretaker manager Sam Collins has spoken about a fresh start and new opportunities for York City’s players ahead of Saturday’s game at Brackley Town.

Youth team manager Collins was put in temporary charge of the first team squad on Monday following the departure of manager Martin Gray. His first game in charge is away at Brackley on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) followed by a home game against Blyth Spartans on Bank Holiday Monday (kick-off 3pm).

“Every player starts again with a clean slate,” he said. “It is a fresh start and it doesn’t matter how they have done in the past. That’s gone. They all have an opportunity to play this weekend and I am looking for them to impress in training and show me that they deserve to play.”

Collins, who is assisted by strength and conditioning coach Stuart Parnaby, says he will have no qualms about adding youngsters to the first team squad.

“There are two or three younger players who have done really well over the last five or six weeks and they have trained with the first team squad this week and more than held their own,” he revealed. “I don’t care whether they are 16 or 36 – if they are good enough, they will play. I am not afraid to put them in, if I think it is the right thing to do.

“I have told the players that everyone may be needed this weekend,” he added. “I don’t think we will start with the same eleven in both games and we may need to freshen things up. But we have a big enough squad. We have, more or less, two players in every position – which is pretty unique at this level of football.”


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