DARREN KELLY: Delight at Godfrey's Everton switch, hoping for Coulson return and sad to see Hardy leave Whitby Town

Seeing the news of Ben Godfrey’s big move to Everton was a great way to start the week.
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Ben has all the attributes needed to make it to the top of the game and play for England, you could see that in him when he was a 15-year-old with us at York.

He had a great grounding with us at York, including from the likes of Jono Greening when he moved into the YT system.

He’s a cracking lad too, with a great family behind him.

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It’s huge for York City, especially in these difficult times with covid having such a huge detrimental effect on the game from top to bottom.

He will be in good hands with Carlo Ancelotti at Everton, but even more so with the likes of Duncan Ferguson about the place helping him develop.

I did my UEFA coaching badge in Geneva with Duncan and he was a lovely bloke, I can imagine him being great with the younger players in a dressing room, so that bodes well for Ben.

I played with Leon Osman at Carlisle and did an LMA course with John Ebbrell too, so I have messaged them to look after Ben at Everton.

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We will need to assess the fitness of Michael Coulson (pictured) ahead of Saturday’s trip to Witton.

It was great to get that rest weekend in as we had a few knocks in the camp.

I’m hopeful Coulo will be fit enough to play a part but we will have to see how he comes through training.

It was also gutting to hear that Luke Porritt’s injury is a long term one and we won’t see him back until next year - which was a huge shame as Poz was flying pre-season.

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To have the likes of Poz, Kieran Weledji and Isaac Assenso out for so long is a big blow, but we will manage the situation as well as we can until we have them back.

I was also gutted to see Chris Hardy leave Whitby Town last week.

Chris is a smashing bloke who did a great job at Whitby and it’s never good to see someone leave - even if it was on his terms.

I’ll never forget after we beat them 2-1 in my first game in charge, he came up to me afterwards, congratulated us on the win and said if I ever needed anything, just to ask.

That says all you need to know about Chris and the sort of bloke he is, and I’m sure he’ll be back in the game soon.