Date: 30th July 2016 at 1:07pm
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Manager Jackie McNamara insists the hunger has now definitely returned to a revitalised York City.

The former Scotland international completed a massive overhaul of the playing squad at Bootham Crescent over the summer following a second disastrous relegation from the Football League.

Only five players now remain from that original group, while an astounding twenty-one newcomers have since been recruited – including emotional returns to the club for former duo Richard Brodie and Lanre Oyebanjo.

“I am delighted with the work we have been able to do. On and off the field, the squad has been terrific,” McNamara told the Yorkshire Post. “The new players have brought a real hunger and desire with them. I want players who are hungry and willing to fight for their place – and capable of showing plenty of character. I feel we have that now.

“Last season was tough for a lot of reasons, as a manager, I found it very frustrating,” he admitted. “Having so many players out of contract meant it was tough. Many of them weren’t good enough, not contributing enough to the team or simply weren’t ready. Or motivated.

“I felt some of them weren’t interested if they played or not. Just not bothered. They also weren’t hurting enough when we conceded a goal or lost a game. Nowhere near enough.”

The Minstermen begin their National League campaign with a televised visit to fellow newcomers Maidstone United next week – and an early 12.15pm kick-off at the Gallagher Stadium.