Middlesbrough’s Ryan Brobbel dreaming of promotion via Wembley with York City

Ryan Brobbell
Ryan Brobbell

RYAN Brobbel is dreaming up the chance of promotion via a Wembley play-off win, writes CHRIS BELL.

The York City winger, on loan from Middlesbrough, has been part of Nigel Worthington’s side that embarked on a 17-game unbeaten run which culminated in a seventh-place finish in League Two.

Brobbel is into his second spell at Bootham Crescent following his initial loan deal at the beginning of the season.

The 21-year-old is expected to start when the Minstermen take on Fleetwood in Saturday’s first leg (kick off 7.30pm) and admits the prospect of promotion is exciting him.

He told SportMail: “It’s massive, not just for me but for the club and town.

“It’s a great opportunity, being on loan, and being in the play-offs. It’s a great chance in my career being so young.

“It would be massive to play at Wembley. It’s the best stadium in the world.

“It would be a huge achievement and a massive honour.

“We’ve got the best run of form and we’re the ones to watch. We’re on a high.”

The former High Tunstall pupil credits Worthington for the team’s revival after it looked like they would end up settling for a mid-table finish.

But not only has the former Norwich manager tightened up the defence, he has made Brobbel a better player.

“When I first went they were like everyone else - winning, losing and then drawing. But now we are close to 20 games unbeaten,” the Northern Ireland U21 player, who is out of contract at Boro this summer, added.

“That’s largely to do with the defence which has nearly broke the record for the number of clean sheets and we’re winning a lot of games 1-0.

“That’s down to the gaffer’s organisation and having his own hold on the group.

“The gaffer trusted me as soon as I came back and put me straight back into the side.

“He has taught me the ropes of the game and helped me to adapt from U21 football.

“Like when we’re leading rather than just run with it, he’s told me to keep hold of the ball. I’m learning a lot off him.”

The second leg is a week on Friday at Fleetwood with the winners facing either Burton or Southend in the final on Monday, May 26.