York City stopper Whitley reflects on loan stay with Scarborough Athletic

Ryan Whitley during his loan spell with BoroRyan Whitley during his loan spell with Boro
Ryan Whitley during his loan spell with Boro
Goalkeeper Ryan Whitley has looked back on a hugely frustrating loan spell with Scarborough Athletic after he returned to parent club York City as the action in the NPL continues to be on hold.

Whitley only ended up managing eight appearances for Boro, keeping three clean sheets, and now he's aiming to push for the number one spot back with the National League North club.

The young keeper told yorkcityfootballclub.co.uk: “It was really good to get out there and play men's football instead of just sitting on the bench.

"To get experience at a young age is just so vital.

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Scarborough are an ex-league club so when we were playing at home, obviously because of Covid could only have so many fans in the ground but they are proper fans.

"They’ve been with them from when they were in the league and their Saturday is all about getting three points for their club.”

Whitley, who also enjoyed a loan spell with Boro's rivals Whitby Town, was left frustrated by the lack of action in the NPL.

“Yeah, it was really frustrating because I’ve gone there and looking at the league thinking here we go, at least 20 games up until January and then if I did well, get it extended and I’m looking at 40 games," he added.

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“I was thinking this is going to be really good but I’ve only managed to get eight so it’s quite disappointing really but there’s nothing I can do about it.

“I think I have improved a lot and throughout the games, I’ve made little mistakes like kicking might have been a bit off or I might have missed a cross.

“However, I feel like that helps and you learn from that and you go onto the next game. As a whole, I feel like I did quite well there and proved that I can play at that level.”

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