Date: 30th July 2016 at 10:36pm
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York City manager Jackie McNamara won’t be making an early decision over latest trialist Deane Smalley.

The 27-year-old ex-Oxford United striker featured for the opening forty-five minutes of the final pre-season friendly draw against a Newcastle United Under-23 side at Bootham Crescent. He’s most recently been training with Morecambe and has been invited to do likewise at York next week.

Smalley previously suffered cruciate knee ligament damage which kept him sidelined for almost a year at former club Plymouth Argyle, and has also seen loan spells with Newport County, Bradford City, Chesterfield and Rochdale having begun his career at Oldham Athletic.

“We wanted a look at him but he has been injured and was a wee bit rusty,” McNamara admitted to The Press. “I would like a better look at him in training and then we will see what can be done. Deane has got a good pedigree and he is still relatively young. I asked him if he could come along on Saturday and a play half a game.”

Goalkeeper Scott Flinders [shoulder] and centre-back Jack Higgins [family commitment] both missed the final pre-season action, while fellow defensive trio Lanre Oyebanjo, Ben Barber and Ben Clappison, plus striker Richard Brodie, are also presently carrying knocks. Another defender, Josh Robinson, had to be replaced at the break due to a back problem.

“Hopefully, three or four of those will be fit by next weekend,” McNamara added. “Fitness wise, it was a good test, we did a lot of chasing about but there are little things we will need to improve before next week.”