YORK CITY: Minstermen set for energy boost

COLIN WALKER hopes York City's new double act can provide the energy to fire the Minstermen back into the Football League.

Midfielders Steven Hogg and former loanee Ben Wilkinson both became available following Gretna's demise and Walker has been quick to snap up the young pair.

Hogg, 22, is a left-footed central midfielder who started his career with Manchester United before being released at the age of 18.

He then joined Shrewsbury Town before leaving for Gretna.

Wilkinson, one year younger, is the son of former Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday boss Howard and a former youth player at Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United and Derby County.

He signed professional terms at Hull City and had loan spells at Harrogate Town, York and Gretna.

Walker has high hopes for the duo and believes their gut-busting running will be crucial to York's quest for promotion.

"Both are young and are the right age for a competition which needs lots of energy on the pitch," said Walker.

"Steven is 6ft 3in and a left midfielder who is also a centre midfield player. What I'm trying to do is get one, two, three or four players who can play in a variety of positions.

"Ben is more attack minded and I watched him seven or eight times at Hull. he also played for me in the reserves when he scored two goals.

"In every game he'll have the most shots and he can multi-task too."

York's new duo join goalkeeper Michael Ingham and centre-half Mark Greaves as arrivals at KitKat Crescent.

Walker revealed that the signings won't end there as he is hopeful of unveiling a new striker and either a winger or a midfielder in the next fortnight.

"Hopefully there'll be another two and that will be it," he said.

"One will definitely be a forward and the other I've got to decide whether we have an out-and-out right winger or get another midfield player.

"I've got lots of irons in lots of fires and hopefully in the next ten days we can finalise something."

Walker needed time last year to mould his team following the departure of Billy McEwan and is hoping for significantly better next year on his own terms.

"First things first, it will be my squad and my team," said the manager.

"I'll be putting my fix on it and hopefully we'll be having a good go at taking York City to where they deserve to be."

Walker added that Manny Panther's replacement as captain has yet to be decided, vice-skipper David McGurk telling Yorkshire Sport last week that he was ready for the role.

Walker said: "That's one job I've got to do when I get back off my holidays."