Steve Watson has admitted that York City probably won’t be in the market for his troubled old club’s out-of-contract gems this summer, the York Press report.

Gateshead’s highly-rated, under-23 quartet of Jon Mellish, Robbie Tinkler, Tom White and Greg Olley would have all been on Watson’s radar as he looks to strengthen his squad for the 2019/20 campaign.

But, despite dreadful turmoil at the club, Watson feels City will now be priced out of the market for any Heed players seeking a more stable future.

“None of the players are contracted there beyond the end of the season, so what’s happening would make it easier to get them in from that respect and, if I’m being honest, I would have gone in for five or six of them,” Watson told The Press. “But they have done that well this season that I just don’t think it will be possible, as I expect they will have a lot better and higher options now.”

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