Purkiss turns down second York offer

19 May 2010 03:30
Defender Ben Purkiss has turned down the second offer of a new contract at York City. Purkiss has been a regular member of the side since joining the club from Gainsborough Trinity almost three years ago. Last season he made 46 appearances and actually ended it by forcing an own-goal from Oxford United keeper Ryan Clarke in the play-off final at Wembley. "Ben has turned down a second offer," manager Martin Foyle told The Press. "The door is still open and I might try to help him in another way, but I have to keep looking for other players in any case."But Foyle was remaining more hopeful of two more out-of-contract players offered new terms, namely Luke Graham and Levi Mackin."Luke Graham has done great since coming in. He`s a good pro and we have had a good chat," Foyle continued. "He enjoys working for me and we get on well together. He will be talking the contract over with his missus, so we will have to wait and see. Levi has also taken his contract away to look at."However, Adam Smith and Djoumin Sanagre are both likely to be invited back for pre-season training and asked to prove their fitness before any new deals are offered."Talks are ongoing with Adam and Jimmy and I`ve given them honest opinions about what I need," added Foyle. "Adam was fantastic before Christmas and Jimmy also did really well but I haven`t seen enough of them in terms of appearances."The ball is in their court really. If they come back and do the business for me, I will look after them."