YOUNG Aussie defender James Meredith has thanked his York City boss for giving him a second chance ahead of their Conference League promotion playoff against Oxford United on Sunday.
Meredith, a 22-year-old ex-Derby County man, has been a regular in York's defence this campaign after leaving Shrewsbury Town for the Minsterman in the last off-season.
"I was very, very disappointed not to get more of a chance with Derby or Shrewsbury, but you just have to keep battling," Meredith told The Press.
"I have battled and finally been given that opportunity. If you get one and do well, you deserve it but, if you never get an opportunity, it's hard.
"The gaffer (Martin Foyle) has given me an opportunity when a hell of a lot of people wouldn't and I have a lot of respect for him."
The Albury-born defender, who never made a senior appearance for the Rams, is now preparing for a match at Wembley Stadium with the lure of promotion to England's League Two within grasp.
Meredith signed a new contract with York in March and would love nothing more than to get another opportunity in England's fourth tier.
"I've signed a new contract at the club because I like it here first and foremost, but also because I want to play in League Two.
"I might have been hedging my bets a bit when I signed the new deal a few weeks ago but, now, I think we have a great chance of promotion."