Teenager Ryan Whitley is hoping to convince York City boss Steve Watson that he can be the club’s first-choice keeper next season, York Press report.
The former Archbishop Holgate School pupil kept a clean sheet on his senior debut during Saturday’s 1-0 home win over Southport and is now expected to be given the chance to stay in goal for the rest of the campaign.
As an academy player with the Minstermen, Whitley was invited to England training camps and turned out as a trialist for Manchester City in a game when Phil Foden captained the Etihad youngsters and current Three Lions full international Jadon Sancho played his first match for the three-time Premier League champions.
He admits the lure of a new deal at sixth-tier City would be strong if it meant he was between the sticks for the club he has supported since boyhood during a season that is also set also to witness the move to the new Community Stadium.
On that prospect, the Hull Road-based 19-year-old said: “The new stadium looks wonderful and I’d definitely think about signing a new contract for next season because, at my age, I need to be playing men’s games and, if I can impress during the rest of the season, I might get the chance to be first choice next season.”
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