Rhys earns his keep

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Rhys Evans is set to sign a one-year deal with City Rhys Evans is set to sign a one-year deal with City

Rhys Evans has solved Stuart McCall’s goalkeeper hunt after convincing the City chief with his wonder show against Burnley.

Evans lines up against Oldham at Valley Parade in tomorrow’s final friendly safe in the knowledge that he will be the official number one.

The former England under-21 international is set to sign a one-year deal after spending the last fortnight on trial at the club.

The eighth summer signing, his arrival will be the final piece of the jigsaw as kick-off approaches.

Evans clinched his contract by performing heroics against the Clarets in midweek, bouncing back to form after struggling in the 4-0 loss at Motherwell last weekend.

He admitted that Scotland had been tough.

He said: “I felt really tired and lethargic, mentally and physically, and that came across on Saturday. I was really disappointed after the game and we talked about it.

“I knew I was fatigued more than anything else. I’d done a lot of travelling and not had as much training under my belt as the others.

“But I tried to calm myself down over the last couple of days. I hadn’t turned into a bad goalkeeper overnight and just needed to balance things out in my head.

“Maybe Saturday was a watershed for me because it highlighted what I needed to do. It is difficult to try and get yourself ready for the season and at the same time look to impress.”

Evans pulled off a string of big saves to deny Burnley and his outstanding display was highlighted afterwards by Clarets boss Owen Coyle. The 26-year-old was happy just to get his own form back on track.

“It was a big relief to have a good game. There were still a couple of things I could have done better but I felt more on the way to where I want to be.

“It was a sign that everything has started to come together.

“I’d also like to think that performance was not some flash in the pan. I’ve set my standard now and hopefully I can match that if I’m picked to play against Oldham.

“We’re building up to the season as a team and acquitted ourselves well against a Championship club the other night.

"There was no disgrace in the result and any fan will have come away in a positive frame of mind.”

McCall is confident that Evans, who will be backed up by young Scottish prospect Jon McLaughlin, can do the job.

He said: “Rhys looked a little bit rusty when we took him up to Scotland but he had done well in training up to then.

“And anyone who went to the Burnley game saw the qualities of Rhys. He was excellent and I hope he carries that on.

“I wanted a more experienced keeper who had played a bit, and Rhys has the advantage of being here before.

"I was a bit surprised he wasn’t offered anything by Millwall after playing regularly last season. But I spoke to their manager and the goalkeeping coach and both recommended him to us.”

McCall’s only remaining task now is to find some competition to push right back Paul Arnison.

Trialists Sean Densmore and Milton Turner have been released and he will scour for a youngster from the Premier League.

Meanwhile, City will field a powerful line-up against Oldham with Kyle Nix and Joe Colbeck both due to return. Lee Bullock could also be in the running.

McCall added: “We got a lot out of Wednesday’s game and tomorrow is equally important.

“We’re playing another team from a higher division and Oldham like to knock the ball around so it should be good.”

Only the Sunwin Stand will be open for home fans.

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10:58am Fri 1 Aug 08

Meat Pie says...

Let the season commence!
Let the season commence! Meat Pie

10:59am Fri 1 Aug 08

Bantam Forever. says...

I saw this keeper at Motherwell and his decision making was awful. However,he has had good reviews from the Burnley game so good luck to the lad. As he says hopefully Motherwell was a one off. 8 Days til kick off!! CTID
I saw this keeper at Motherwell and his decision making was awful. However,he has had good reviews from the Burnley game so good luck to the lad. As he says hopefully Motherwell was a one off. 8 Days til kick off!! CTID Bantam Forever.

11:24am Fri 1 Aug 08

Waynus says...

Bantam Forever. wrote:
I saw this keeper at Motherwell and his decision making was awful. However,he has had good reviews from the Burnley game so good luck to the lad. As he says hopefully Motherwell was a one off. 8 Days til kick off!! CTID
Bantam Forever, the majority of us saw him last season in his short spell at the club. He is a good keeper and far better than that donkey, Colgan. He has admitted to having a poor game against Motherwell and if you had seen him during his loan spell, you would know IT WAS JUST A ONE OFF.

Another point I would like to address is this. The above article goes on to say 'Densmore & Turner have been released and he (McCall) will scour for a youngster from the Premier League.'

I thought McCall had said previously that it is nigh on impossible to get a premiership youngster in on loan if he isn't going to be playing every week. Does this mean the boss doesn't rate Arnison and is looking for a replacement already or is the story, above, more rubbish from Parker?

If we ARE looking for a decent right-back, why not go for Nathan Doyle. His versatility would give us options. He can play right-back, centre-back or the combatative defensive midfielder role. With Hull about to embark on their Premiership campaign, I just can't see Doyle playing much part.
[quote][bold]Bantam Forever.[/bold] wrote: I saw this keeper at Motherwell and his decision making was awful. However,he has had good reviews from the Burnley game so good luck to the lad. As he says hopefully Motherwell was a one off. 8 Days til kick off!! CTID[/quote]Bantam Forever, the majority of us saw him last season in his short spell at the club. He is a good keeper and far better than that donkey, Colgan. He has admitted to having a poor game against Motherwell and if you had seen him during his loan spell, you would know IT WAS JUST A ONE OFF. Another point I would like to address is this. The above article goes on to say 'Densmore & Turner have been released and he (McCall) will scour for a youngster from the Premier League.' I thought McCall had said previously that it is nigh on impossible to get a premiership youngster in on loan if he isn't going to be playing every week. Does this mean the boss doesn't rate Arnison and is looking for a replacement already or is the story, above, more rubbish from Parker? If we ARE looking for a decent right-back, why not go for Nathan Doyle. His versatility would give us options. He can play right-back, centre-back or the combatative defensive midfielder role. With Hull about to embark on their Premiership campaign, I just can't see Doyle playing much part. Waynus

12:20pm Fri 1 Aug 08

Freddy says...

'Waynus'- I wholy agree with your assessment of the keeper Rhys Evans. But I hope Jon McLaughlin can be given some experience, with the first team; if he needs to be used at some later stage of the season. I don't think Scott Loach could be brought back from Watford, so I am still concerned about the keeper position with just the experienced Rhys Evans.

Continuing with the 'Back-Up' concerns; I further agree that any player from the higher divisions will not come to City, unless they are guaranteed to play. Even if it is a loan signing, to get match fitness etc.
I think Stuart must rate 'Abbo's' recommended player Paul Arnison-but has concerns for the lack of any back up in that position-(and other positions).
Yes I would like to see Nathan Doyle 'BACK!'again, but I wonder why you think he will not play in their Premier matches?. Plus- again, would Nathan Doyle return back to our level, if he could not be guaranteed playing every match, and not rather stay to fight for a place in Hull's premier games?.
If Nathan Doyle did return it would put Paul Arnison in 'The Stiffs'-and may, or may not, be good for the competition for right back.
'Waynus'- I wholy agree with your assessment of the keeper Rhys Evans. But I hope Jon McLaughlin can be given some experience, with the first team; if he needs to be used at some later stage of the season. I don't think Scott Loach could be brought back from Watford, so I am still concerned about the keeper position with just the experienced Rhys Evans. Continuing with the 'Back-Up' concerns; I further agree that any player from the higher divisions will not come to City, unless they are guaranteed to play. Even if it is a loan signing, to get match fitness etc. I think Stuart must rate 'Abbo's' recommended player Paul Arnison-but has concerns for the lack of any back up in that position-(and other positions). Yes I would like to see Nathan Doyle 'BACK!'again, but I wonder why you think he will not play in their Premier matches?. Plus- again, would Nathan Doyle return back to our level, if he could not be guaranteed playing every match, and not rather stay to fight for a place in Hull's premier games?. If Nathan Doyle did return it would put Paul Arnison in 'The Stiffs'-and may, or may not, be good for the competition for right back. Freddy

12:59pm Fri 1 Aug 08

Bantam Forever. says...

I disagree , I wasnt overly impressed with him last season, hope I am proved wrong. I went to MK Dons last season away and he wasnt great there,but then again nobody was and City were going through a bad patch. Better Defenders around him this season so should be more solid and comfortable coming out for crosses and on decision making.
I disagree , I wasnt overly impressed with him last season, hope I am proved wrong. I went to MK Dons last season away and he wasnt great there,but then again nobody was and City were going through a bad patch. Better Defenders around him this season so should be more solid and comfortable coming out for crosses and on decision making. Bantam Forever.

1:49pm Fri 1 Aug 08

justinbrett1975 says...

He came in last season when the whole team was in a slump, and helped put a end to the slump. I think he is a great signing.

After seeing him at Burnley game, he made some fantasic saves, and even the final goal which was scored, being a "match with something to play for" I would have said he would have had more of a go for it, as it seemed a defender (not sure who) was in his way and he would have been stamped on or could have been injured.

I think the team as a whole did well on wednesday, as there was a few key positions where the first choice wasn't playing.
He came in last season when the whole team was in a slump, and helped put a end to the slump. I think he is a great signing. After seeing him at Burnley game, he made some fantasic saves, and even the final goal which was scored, being a "match with something to play for" I would have said he would have had more of a go for it, as it seemed a defender (not sure who) was in his way and he would have been stamped on or could have been injured. I think the team as a whole did well on wednesday, as there was a few key positions where the first choice wasn't playing. justinbrett1975

7:38pm Fri 1 Aug 08

Waynus says...

Did McCall not enquire about the availability of Frank Fielding? He was superb last season for Wycombe and has now gone back to Blackburn Rovers. They have three other keepers before him, so I would be surprised if he gets a run.

Freddy, the reason I don't think Doyle will get a run is that Hull have an excellent fullback in Sam Ricketts, with Dawson also able to cover that position. This summer also saw Hull City sign Bernard Mendy. They now have three right full-backs in front of Doyle.
Did McCall not enquire about the availability of Frank Fielding? He was superb last season for Wycombe and has now gone back to Blackburn Rovers. They have three other keepers before him, so I would be surprised if he gets a run. Freddy, the reason I don't think Doyle will get a run is that Hull have an excellent fullback in Sam Ricketts, with Dawson also able to cover that position. This summer also saw Hull City sign Bernard Mendy. They now have three right full-backs in front of Doyle. Waynus

8:14pm Fri 1 Aug 08

djmoulson says...

Waynus...well I don't think the RB position is under threat from my performance against you last night!!!....joking aside, I can't see Stu bringing in Doyle (much as I'm a fan) as he's TOO good to push Arnison, a teenager from the Prem who might have more of a chance in L2 is MORE likely though. I've got to laugh...the security word I have to type in is 'easy-wife' hahaha. CTID
Waynus...well I don't think the RB position is under threat from my performance against you last night!!!....joking aside, I can't see Stu bringing in Doyle (much as I'm a fan) as he's TOO good to push Arnison, a teenager from the Prem who might have more of a chance in L2 is MORE likely though. I've got to laugh...the security word I have to type in is 'easy-wife' hahaha. CTID djmoulson

9:41pm Fri 1 Aug 08

fatbloke says...

I can confirm McCall did enquiry about Fielding. I asked him personally when they were training about 4 weeks ago because rumours were circulating at the time. He said he enquired at the end of last season about a season long loan and they said yes. He said he obviously knew he was good at this level. However when Blackburn's management team changed when Hughes departed, the new people then said no.
I can confirm McCall did enquiry about Fielding. I asked him personally when they were training about 4 weeks ago because rumours were circulating at the time. He said he enquired at the end of last season about a season long loan and they said yes. He said he obviously knew he was good at this level. However when Blackburn's management team changed when Hughes departed, the new people then said no. fatbloke

10:37pm Fri 1 Aug 08

CityGentleman says...

So, there i was minding my own business in Subway with the family, when who should sit down not 2 tables away - Willy Topp and 2 other gentlemen that i did not recognise. Heard them talking about getting Willy a sponsorship deal with either PC World who were very interested and Dixons who were unsure. Now the interesting part. Overheard one of the other guys who called himself 'Johno' talking to someone on the phone about a player he had been checking out. The player in question had been on a 2hr fitness check and the check had turned out fantastic. But the player had already been checked out by, Hereford, Sheff W, Barnet and Barnsley. Who the hell could that be then? Imagine all this info (Which was conducted very loudly) taking place in subway! any views?
So, there i was minding my own business in Subway with the family, when who should sit down not 2 tables away - Willy Topp and 2 other gentlemen that i did not recognise. Heard them talking about getting Willy a sponsorship deal with either PC World who were very interested and Dixons who were unsure. Now the interesting part. Overheard one of the other guys who called himself 'Johno' talking to someone on the phone about a player he had been checking out. The player in question had been on a 2hr fitness check and the check had turned out fantastic. But the player had already been checked out by, Hereford, Sheff W, Barnet and Barnsley. Who the hell could that be then? Imagine all this info (Which was conducted very loudly) taking place in subway! any views? CityGentleman

9:06am Sat 2 Aug 08

Freddy says...

'City Gentleman'(-THE!, CITY GENT?!)

I know what you must have thought as their conversation was conveyed very loudly!. Did you have any 'City' clothing on?. It could have been a 'wind-up'. Also I apreciate your comments-most interesting-but when we overhear other peoples conversations, it is possible to misunderstand their meaning. Plus we usually get hold of the wrong end of the stick, because we don't get the full story/meaniing/pictu
re.

However, if their conversation is to be believed;( They should not be discussing those matters, in this loud public manner). One man could be his 'Agent'( I hate Agents!),the other, his assistant or interpreter for 'Top Gun!'?(Not sure if his english knowledge is good enough yet?.)The other 'Johno' could be a football scout/agent, with Willy on his books,and checking out players on behalf of City/Stuart and other clubs etc.
VERY INTERESTING THOUGH!.
Finaly I hope the Oldham match today is obviously a win for City,but for us to not incur any more injuries. We start our league campaign next Saturday, and are at Huddersfield in the cup, a week on Tuesday!!
'City Gentleman'(-THE!, CITY GENT?!) I know what you must have thought as their conversation was conveyed very loudly!. Did you have any 'City' clothing on?. It could have been a 'wind-up'. Also I apreciate your comments-most interesting-but when we overhear other peoples conversations, it is possible to misunderstand their meaning. Plus we usually get hold of the wrong end of the stick, because we don't get the full story/meaniing/pictu re. However, if their conversation is to be believed;( They should not be discussing those matters, in this loud public manner). One man could be his 'Agent'( I hate Agents!),the other, his assistant or interpreter for 'Top Gun!'?(Not sure if his english knowledge is good enough yet?.)The other 'Johno' could be a football scout/agent, with Willy on his books,and checking out players on behalf of City/Stuart and other clubs etc. VERY INTERESTING THOUGH!. Finaly I hope the Oldham match today is obviously a win for City,but for us to not incur any more injuries. We start our league campaign next Saturday, and are at Huddersfield in the cup, a week on Tuesday!! Freddy

9:58am Sun 3 Aug 08

Freddy says...

Further thoughts about 'City Gentlemans'overheard conversation!.

Firstly what was 'Topp Gun' doing eating in a 'Subway'!?. (Assuming he was eating!). Not the healthy food a Professional Footballer should be eating.( Don't tell Stuart!)
The sponsorship deal could be for the City Programme-where Companies sponsor a City player under each photograph. Or it could be associated with a car deal,where sponsors could advertise on his new car?.eg-PC World or Dixons etc..

It is typical of an 'Agent'(HATE!) though, he is always selling and promoting to boost his commission.(LOUDLY). Plus he has taken his client(Willy) to dinner in a 'Subway', because of a daily 'BOGOF' offer there, that will cost him less!!.

Got a result yesterday against Oldham( Any Injuries?),and pleased to see Jon McLaughlin was given some experience between the sticks.

Waynus-thanks for your info/reasons on Doyle. Based on your analysis, I agree,but could Stuart get him RIGHT BACK!?.
Further thoughts about 'City Gentlemans'overheard conversation!. Firstly what was 'Topp Gun' doing eating in a 'Subway'!?. (Assuming he was eating!). Not the healthy food a Professional Footballer should be eating.( Don't tell Stuart!) The sponsorship deal could be for the City Programme-where Companies sponsor a City player under each photograph. Or it could be associated with a car deal,where sponsors could advertise on his new car?.eg-PC World or Dixons etc.. It is typical of an 'Agent'(HATE!) though, he is always selling and promoting to boost his commission.(LOUDLY). Plus he has taken his client(Willy) to dinner in a 'Subway', because of a daily 'BOGOF' offer there, that will cost him less!!. Got a result yesterday against Oldham( Any Injuries?),and pleased to see Jon McLaughlin was given some experience between the sticks. Waynus-thanks for your info/reasons on Doyle. Based on your analysis, I agree,but could Stuart get him RIGHT BACK!?. Freddy

3:02pm Sun 3 Aug 08

Waynus says...

Freddy wrote:
Further thoughts about 'City Gentlemans'overheard conversation!.

Firstly what was 'Topp Gun' doing eating in a 'Subway'!?. (Assuming he was eating!). Not the healthy food a Professional Footballer should be eating.( Don't tell Stuart!)
The sponsorship deal could be for the City Programme-where Companies sponsor a City player under each photograph. Or it could be associated with a car deal,where sponsors could advertise on his new car?.eg-PC World or Dixons etc..

It is typical of an 'Agent'(HATE!) though, he is always selling and promoting to boost his commission.(LOUDLY). Plus he has taken his client(Willy) to dinner in a 'Subway', because of a daily 'BOGOF' offer there, that will cost him less!!.

Got a result yesterday against Oldham( Any Injuries?),and pleased to see Jon McLaughlin was given some experience between the sticks.

Waynus-thanks for your info/reasons on Doyle. Based on your analysis, I agree,but could Stuart get him RIGHT BACK!?.
In answer to your question about loaning Doyle back, I would love us to get him, but if I was honest, I don't think it will happen.

That is the problem we now find ourselves in. Good young premiership players will not be allowed to join clubs unless they are playing regularly. As we have signed a right-back, we aren't going to not play him are we.

djmoulson - I would rather have 'easy-wife' than what I had to enter. 'king-ring', does nothing for my reputation LOL.
[quote][bold]Freddy[/bold] wrote: Further thoughts about 'City Gentlemans'overheard conversation!. Firstly what was 'Topp Gun' doing eating in a 'Subway'!?. (Assuming he was eating!). Not the healthy food a Professional Footballer should be eating.( Don't tell Stuart!) The sponsorship deal could be for the City Programme-where Companies sponsor a City player under each photograph. Or it could be associated with a car deal,where sponsors could advertise on his new car?.eg-PC World or Dixons etc.. It is typical of an 'Agent'(HATE!) though, he is always selling and promoting to boost his commission.(LOUDLY). Plus he has taken his client(Willy) to dinner in a 'Subway', because of a daily 'BOGOF' offer there, that will cost him less!!. Got a result yesterday against Oldham( Any Injuries?),and pleased to see Jon McLaughlin was given some experience between the sticks. Waynus-thanks for your info/reasons on Doyle. Based on your analysis, I agree,but could Stuart get him RIGHT BACK!?.[/quote]In answer to your question about loaning Doyle back, I would love us to get him, but if I was honest, I don't think it will happen. That is the problem we now find ourselves in. Good young premiership players will not be allowed to join clubs unless they are playing regularly. As we have signed a right-back, we aren't going to not play him are we. djmoulson - I would rather have 'easy-wife' than what I had to enter. 'king-ring', does nothing for my reputation LOL. Waynus
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