York City: Levi Mackin interview

When Levi Mackin joined York City last January, staying in the division was the Minstermen's sole remit.

Now the goal in sight is to leave the division again – butthis time to move onwards and upwards back to the Football League.

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Mackin says he sensed big improvements at the club over the summer, but admits even he has been somewhat surprised by a sensational change in fortunes.

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York will wake up this morning sitting third in Blue Square Premier with comfortable breathing space between them and those sides outside the play-off places.

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The Minstermen are also only six points off top spot and it's a far cry from the situation 12 months ago, when Martin Foyle's outfit were among the bookmaker's favourites to go down.

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Mackin, signed from Wrexham last January, initially on loan and has seen the full-scale of the transformation at Kit Kat Crescent, which saw a host of arrivals and departures over the summer.

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And while the midfielder knew this season's achievements were always going to better those of last term, the 23-year-old was not anticipating winning nine league games in succession, or having the league leaders in sight with March 2010 just around the corner.

"When I came last year it was a relegation fight," said Mackin.

"This year it is a promotion fight and it's complete opposite ends of the table.

"I'm enjoying it at the moment, all the lads are playing well, their confidence is up and it's going well.

"I suppose when I came pre-season you could tell the lads were a lot stronger and the team was a little bit stronger, but some of the runs that we've had, I suppose it is a bit of a surprise!

"It's still going well to be fair. We were a bit unlucky at the weekend with Ebbsfleet and while they scored that was probably their only shot on target and it was a massive deflection.

"That was a bit of a blip but we bounced back against Luton who are one of the best teams in the league and we deserved to win the game I thought, especially the second-half.

"I feel we are getting it back on track now in the league and there's not too many games to go so it still looks good."

Admitting even a title-tilt is not yet out of the question, Mackin continued: "At the moment we are just taking it game by game, but if we can keep winning and keep putting the pressure on the teams that are above us like Oxfordand Stevenage, then you never know what can happen with a bit of pressure do you?

"We've just got to try and win as many games as we can and then you never know what comes at the end of the season."

Mackin has been a virtual ever-present in the Minstermen side since his switch from Wrexham where he had progressed through the youth system.

A short loan spell at Droylsden had previously been the six-foot ace's only period away from the Racecourse Ground.

And after around a decade with the Welsh outfit – commuting from his home in Chester – the move to KitKat Crescent meant a big change for Mackin who has now purchased a house in Rawcliffe.

"I've moved up to Rawcliffe in York and I have settled in well," said Mackin, who has been capped once for Wales under-21s.

"We were in Chester before and they are quite similar places, with Roman walls so I've settled in well. It's a nice area, quiet, and I am enjoying it.

"It's just me and the missus and she has got a job over here so she is happy as well and it's going all right.

"I've been happy because I have played a lot of games and things are going well."

Mackin only signed a one-year deal with City meaning his contract is up in the summer but if he is required to stick around longer by Foyle, as seems likely, the midfield ace would be more than happy to stay.

"I'm up in the summer but we'll just have to wait and see what the gaffer's plans are really," he said.

"But I'm happy to be here. There's a great team spirit and they are a good bunch of lads.

"It's enjoyable to go into training because the lads all get on well, we help each other and it makes it easier when you are winning."

Mackin's next City appearance will already be his 42nd for the club, a year and a month at KitKat Crescent so far having brought him nothing but success, with an appearance in last season's FA Trophy final to boot.

Already, a third of his career professional appearances have come at York.

Another third of those appearances came in League One and League Two with Wrexham and looking long term, the Chester-born star admits it is to those leagues that he wants to return to.

"I suppose that is the target, really, to try and do as well as I can in every game I play and try and get as high as I can," he said.

"That's what everyone wants from their football, you want to go all the way and I suppose that is the target for everyone."

One year on, Mackin now has every chance of achieving that goal with York City.