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Darlington boss Wright praises Beck amid York City interest

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By Matt Bishop

Darlington boss Tommy Wright has said striker Mark Beck “doesn’t get enough credit for being a good footballer” and is looking forward to using him on his return from injury amid reported interest from York City.

For much of his Darlo career, the 23-year-old has been viewed as a target man, and was essential to the way former boss Martin Gray set the side up to play.

However, Wright, who is changing the club’s style, thinks Beck is more than just “a head on a stick” and is capable of playing a pivotal role for his team when he recovers from an ongoing posterior cruciate ligament injury.

The former Nuneaton Town boss told the Northern Echo: “He’s not fit at the moment, but he doesn’t get enough credit for being a good footballer.

“Some people seem to think he can he’s just a head on a stick, but there’s so much more to his game that I’m looking forward to getting out of him.”

Because of his ability, and his importance during Gray’s time at Darlo, it is no surprise the former Carlisle United striker has been linked with a move to join the his former manager at York City.

A deal broke down last month because of his injury, and while Wright admits “every player has his price”, the manager is hoping he can keep hold of Beck.

Wright said: “In the chats I’ve had with Becky, he’s said he’s happy, he’s settled and focused on getting back on the pitch.

“There’s been no contact with York since what happened. Good players will always attract attention, that’s football, and every player has his price, but I’d like to think we can keep him and he’s happy where he is.”

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