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Mills backs Ible to shine

York City boss Gary Mills is hoping he has unearthed a hidden gem in recent teenage signing Jameel Ible.

The 19-year-old, signed from Salford City this week on a short-term deal, is one of five new arrivals to Bootham Crescent during the transfer window.

But while Mills expects defenders Curtis Obeng and Jack O'Connell, plus strikers Ben Everson and David McDaid to have a more immediate impact on the first-team squad, Mills has been impressed by Ible's potential.

"Jameel has signed until the end of the season," Mills said. "He's another young lad who's been on trial with us and with him I saw a lot of raw talent waiting to be developed.

"We're hoping he grows up very quickly, but we're looking at him more to the future than this season."

Meanwhile, striker Jamie Reed is poised to leave the Minstermen after a small fee has been agreed with Kidderminster.

Reed had been unhappy in his 'super-sub' role for York, but Mills said the player had been more effective when stepping off the bench.

"Jamie came in and has done his job. We've used him mainly off the bench, but that could be his strength.

"He's changed games for us, but has not done as well when he's started. He's certainly caught the eye as a substitute and has played his full part over the last 12 months."