It’s been a tough few days for York City but striker Scott Fenwick has expressed his desire to fire the Minstermen back into the Football League at the first attempt.
Jackie McNamara’s side suffered a heavy defeat at Gateshead on Tuesday night, in a game that Fenwick missed due to a back injury suffered in training.
It has been a summer of change for the Minstermen, with McNamara reacting to their relegation from the Football League by bringing in over twenty new players.
One of those signings was Fenwick, as the striker chose to move to Bootham Crescent despite interest from Football League clubs.
The former Dunston UTS striker is now hoping to make up for a “frustating season” last time out, after struggling to nail down a regular place in the Hartlepool United line-up.
He said “There were a number of factors in choosing to move to York City.
“Obviously I could have went higher into League One and tested myself there and I had a chance to stay in League Two.
“But it was a long move away from home.
“I had a frustrating season last season, being on the bench a lot at Hartlepool and I just wanted to play football.
“Geographically York was a good fit and spoke early in pre-season but it just didn’t happen. They came back in a few weeks later, when I was away with Shrewsbury, and we got it all done then and I am delighted to be here.
“I don’t really set targets but I do get them from my Dad.
“The only real target is to get a full season at York City and help them return to the league at the first attempt.
“I’d like to finish as top scorer for this team and give my all for this club because we want to get it back into the Football League””
Fenwick was frank is his assessment of his departure from Hartlepool.
After a bright start to his time at Victoria Park, he was in and out of the Pools line-up as they successfully battled against relegation in the 2014/15 season.
Another season of frustration was played out last year, with the striker spending an underwhelming loan spell with Tranmere Rovers in the second half of the season.
After being recalled by Hartlepool following an injury to Billy Paynter, Fenwick once again struggled to get into the first team, a decision that played a key part in his departure.
But he insisted that he has “no hard feelings” about his exit from the club.
Fenwick said “Things happened behind the scenes at Hartlepool that I can’t really talk about and I got out of there with a view to move to Tranmere permanently.
“It just didn’t work out there and I got called back to Hartlepool.
“I thought I would get a chance when Billy Paynter got injured but I didn’t get a game so knew I had to leave.
“There are no hard feelings, it’s football. I’ve always lived by the motto ‘there’s no friends in football’ and it is a business.
“One manager can love you, one might not, one chief executive can offer you a great deal, another doesn’t.
“I am twenty six now and I had to consider a number of things and I got a better deal at York City in every sense”
His move to York City saw Fenwick link up with Minstermen manager Jackie McNamara.
Although Fenwick is undergoing his first experience of the former Celtic full back as a manager, he revealed that he has witnessed some of McNamara’s playing career at first hand.
“I knew about Jackie McNamara from his playing career and everything he acheived.
“If it was Celtic or Rangers I always chose Celtic as a kid and my Dad used to live in Dumfries and he travelled to Celtic games.
“I remember Jackie bombing up and down the right hand side when I was younger in Old Firm derbies.
“I did my research and spoke to people like Paul Baker, he had ties in Scotland, and did some background work on Jackie, as I am sure he will have done on me.
“When I sat down and spoke to him, got an idea of his vision and how he wanted me to play, I knew it would be a good move for me”
Again, just as he had at Hartlepool United, Fenwick made a bright start to his time at York City, scoring five goals during the Minstermen’s pre-season schedule.
Ahead of their trip to the International Stadium, City draw two of the opening three games, winning the other with a narrow 1-0 win against Macclesfield Town.
Fenwick is still searching for his first goal for the club, but he revealed that he is confident that a goal and form will come soon.
“I’ve settled in well and after spending time on trial with Shrewsbury my fitness was strong early on” he said.
“I hit the ground running and scored five in pre-season so I was confident going into the new season.
“I haven’t really lacked confidence in front of goal and I know if there is an opportunity I will take it.
“In the first three games I haven’t completed a game because of little injuries and the game at Gateshead came too soon with my back injury but I hope to get back in the team quickly”
There is a fresh look about the Minstermen squad this season, with this week’s loan signing of Sheffield United striker Jake Wright taking the tally of new summer additions to their squad up to twenty three.
Unlike Fenwick, a number of those additions have yet to experience life in the Football League but the striker is keen to pass on his experience to the younger members of the Minstermen changing room.
“We are all living in the area, so we see a lot of each other and training has been lively.
“I think it’s the experience we are lacking and there are maybe only five or six of us that have Football League experience.
“Even though I am not massively experienced, I have tried to pass on things I have learnt from my time in the League.
“If I can pass anything on to the younger lads to help them develop I will but it will take time and patience for us to gel as a squad”
Fenwick and his team mates will hope that gelling process begins to have an impact when they travel to National League title favourites Forest Green Rovers on Saturday.
Interview: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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