York City have released Tyler Walton for the second time.

The 19-year-old was signed back in November by manager Martin Gray, who labelled the midfielder ‘his kind of player’, despite being released by predecessor Gary Mills in the summer.

However, the former Leeds and Manchester City schoolboy failed to break into the first team and has only managed two bench appearances since his return.

The club have now ended Walton’s City career for the second time, by making him surplus to requirements on Monday (January 15).

Play poorly at you’re own peril

Play well or don’t play at all: Penney sets the standard high at City.

The case of Tyler Walton echoes what City’s sporting director, Dave Penney, made clear to the media on Monday – players that don’t play well, don’t play at all,

Penney believes that the departures of players that aren’t challenging for a place in the team have ultimately improved the standards of the 11 that start on the field.

This is one of the reasons, according to Penney, that City are a much stronger team than they were when manager Martin Gray first arrived at the club:

Whether they were playing well or not, you were never going to drop Bencherif or Parslow for Jas Suker (released last month).

So they would play regardless of performence level, but what we have got now is a stronger squad. If you don’t play well, you don’t stay in the team. It keep’s the players on their toes.

The player’s that were on the bench that aren’t here anymore, weren’t really impacting on the team enough.

Dave Penney
Sporting director