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Loyal servant moves on with career

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York City stalwart David McGurk has spoken of the decision to end his professional career at the age of just 31.

"Me and my team-mate John McCombe have set up a little academy in Wakefield" - David McGurk
The Middlesbrough-born centre-back was forced to terminate a wonderful association with the club that first began when arriving on loan from Darlington almost a decade ago, due to the impact
of surgery on a serious knee injury.

But after approaching four hundred senior appearances during his thirteen-year career, McGurk has finally called time and intends to play part-time next season while concentrating on acquiring his coaching qualifications, having recently set up an academy for young players in Wakefield.

"Me and my team-mate John McCombe have set up a little academy in Wakefield - it's called Pro-Player Football Academy - looking to improve kids in the area and send them on to professional clubs," he told SkySports. "We're hoping that local teams will bring their players along, hopefully we can improve the players and we've got contacts at professional academies where we can send them along to."

McGurk has also helped create a new gambling website called betsofmates.com with some of his friends and is now looking to gain additional support via crowd funding, with the general public being offered the chance to invest in the business.

"At the time it was just an idea, I approached a couple of friends and from then on it just snowballed," he added. "Anyone from the public can buy shares in our company. It's only been on crowdcube.com for 11 days and so far we've raised almost 33,000, so fingers crossed we can move towards our 200,000 target, but it's a bit of a Dragons' Den scenario."

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CITY'S ALL-TIME TOP TEN APPEARANCES: BARRY JACKSON 539, ANDY McMILLAN 492, CHRIS TOPPING 463, WAYNE HALL 438, GARY FORD 435, TOMMY FORGAN 428, TONY CANHAM 413, NORMAN WILKINSON 401, PHIL BURROWS 390, BILLY HUGHES 380

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Date:Monday June 2 2014

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