Max York eager to lead Histon's response to relegation
Skipper commits in order to spearhead promotion challenge
Max York is determined to lead Histon’s fightback after committing to the club for next season.
The 25-year-old captain is one of 11 players that will return as the Stutes bid to bounce back from relegation from Evo-Stik League Southern, Division One Central at the first time of asking.
York, who was the supporters’ and manager’s player of the year, has stood by Histon despite receiving offers from teams further up the pyramid.
And it is his love of the club that spurs him on to try to lead a new and successful era at Histon.
“I choose to continue my role as club captain and stay next year as it’s a club that is very close to my heart and I want to see them do well,” said York.
“Even with offers from clubs up to three leagues higher, being a local lad, I knew I wanted to play for my local club and hopefully captain the team back to step four next year.
“I’ve played for a few clubs over the years and I have always loved the unity and support that Histon brings, from the fans all the way through to the players that are currently at the club – all these things were part of my decision to stay this year.
“It’s a big year for Histon to have a positive and successful season.
“The past three to four seasons have been hard with relegation battles, so I am excited to help push this club to gain promotion this year.
“We should be a club at step three level at the very least and with the management, fans, players and people behind the scenes we have a good chance of achieving things in the next few years.”
It is great news for manager Lance Key, with York’s committal following hot on the heels of Pat Bexfield, James Carman, Ayden Duffy, Danny Gould, Shaun Jenkins, Evan Key, Lee Smith, Simon Unwin, Cameron Watson and Tommy Wright.
York will also be doing strength, conditioning and nutrition with the club’s first team and scholars.
And Key is pleased with how things are taking shape.
“I’ve got a good bunch already that have signed,” said Key. “We’re trying to build the club again and grow the club so it’s quite a positive place at the moment.
“Keeping 80 per cent of our squad together was always going to be key.
“We’ve good numbers of games coming into pre-season and 11 that have committed which having been relegated I think is fantastic.
“When we came in through so much adversity and nearly produced a miraculous escape, the atmosphere on matchdays, in the changing room and on the training pitch was terrific.”