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Campbell praises new manager influence

By Bradley Saxton | 14th December 2021

York City Goalkeeper Maison Campbell has said it’s been a breath of fresh air since John Askey came into the club as Interim Manager.  

The 18-year-old signed his first professional contract with the Minstermen in the summer following his release from the League Two side Mansfield Town and he has enjoyed the step up to the first team with his new club.  

Despite not yet making his professional debut, he has been a regular in Tim Ryan’s U19 side this season competing in the National League Alliance U19 Academy North. 

We recently spoke with Campbell, who spoke about what it has been like at the club since the change in management.  

“It has been a breath of a fresh air for everyone since the new gaffer came in, it has made everyone wake up a bit,” said Campbell.  

“Even though results haven’t been going our way, we are enjoying being under him.  

“He knows what he wants us to do and in training it looks like we have a goal to achieve and that we are working towards something. 

“I’m hoping that he will give me an opportunity to make my debut either in the league or the FA Trophy and to get on the pitch and show people what I can do. 

“I know I’ll have to wait patiently and I know that I will need to keep working hard, but hopefully I will get an opportunity and if I do, I will be ready to show what I can do out there.” 

Campbell faces tough competition for a spot in the team with Peter Jameson, who he feels is currently is the best goalkeeper in the National League North and Campbell has enjoyed working alongside his fellow shot-stopper.  

“I’m really enjoying my time here up at York, everyone has really made feel welcome here at the club,” added Campbell.  

“I have a got a good bond with everyone at the club, especially Pete (Jameson).  

“Pete has come to a couple of youth team matches to watch, so he’s always willing to help me out and teach me areas of my game that I need to improve on.  

“It’s always been good to be around him, he’s an experienced keeper and I feel he is the best keeper in the league right now.” 

Prior to signing for the Minstermen, Campbell featured on the bench for Mansfield Town at the age of 16 in March 2020, which Campbell feels was a really good experience for him at such a young age.

He is still eligible to play for the U19’s this season, which is giving him a chance to show everyone at the club of what he is capable of on the pitch.

Campbell added: “I was on the bench a few times for Mansfield which was a really good experience, it was really good for me at such a young age to learn what a first-team environment was like.  

“The games this season with the U19’s is what will help me to carry on improving and work on areas in my game which I don’t feel are as strong. 

“Hopefully we can push on as a team and try to win this league which will be another good chance for me.” 

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