Burnley still looking to strengthen full back options with Meredith
By Tony Scholes
Updated Saturday, 16th June 2012
York City left back James Meredith is still in Eddie Howe's sights according to news from York and the 24-year-old Australian has admitted he has a big decision to make before the 2012/13 season gets underway.
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Burnley and Watford appear to be the main front runners for Meredith who was previously with Derby County, and should he opt for a move then Burnley would be more likely for a player who enjoys living in Leeds.
He's out of contract and would be a free transfer, but he hasn't ruled out having a fourth season at Bootham Crescent with York who have just regained their place in the Football League.
Meredith, and what a name that is from Burnley's history, has just returned from a visit to Australia. On his return he said: “At the moment, I am keeping my options open and listening to what other clubs have to say. I need to have a discussion with York because it would have to be a very good offer for me to leave.
“My phone wouldn’t work while I was in Australia but I have texted Gary Mills (York manager) this week and he has texted me back, but he is overseas now. After talking to my agent and seeing what the options are, I am going to speak with Darron Gee (assistant manager).
“From what I know, there’s been a fair bit of interest from more than one club above League Two level but I’ve got to make the best all-round decision. I love York and am settled in Leeds where I live but I’ll have to see what everybody is saying and then make a decision.”
He has great respect for his manager at Bootham Crescent, and added: “Gary Mills is probably on a par with Billy Davies at Derby as the best manager I have worked with and I know he will bring in good players and build a strong footballing team.
“I don’t know if I am replaceable or not. What I would say is that, along with people like Scott Kerr, I bring a winning attitude to the dressing room, which people do not necessarily see. I’m in the game to win and you can’t put a price on that.”
Meredith didn't break into the first team at Derby but did make a league debut for Chesterfield in March 2007 at Tranmere during a loan. He later signed for Sligo Rovers before returning to England with Shrewsbury Town where he played three times ahead of a move to York in 2009. Since he's been a regular in the York side making over 130 appearances.