York United Loans Petrasso To Maidstone United
Facing limited minutes at York United, Michael Petrasso has been loaned to National League South side Maidstone United for the remainder of the season.
The 28-year-old saw the start of his season stifled through injury, with the midfielder largely being used as a late game substitute barring one start against Halifax this summer.
Having only contributed 301 minutes split between 14 appearances, a return to England – something which he sought in the offseason – may prove to be a smart move for the midfielder.
Petrasso was dynamite for Barnet during a loan spell for their 2020-2021 season, being dubbed ‘The Canadian Messi’ as his ten goal tally earned a Player of the Year nod from the club’s supporters.
“This is a good opportunity for Mikey to go and compete for regular minutes after an injury-disrupted season,” said Club President Angus McNab of the midfielder, who was unavailable for the club’s Labour Day win over Halifax due to the move.
“I cannot speak highly enough about Mikey and the way he has conducted himself throughout his time at the club. He’s been a part of big moments on the field for us and I really hope the loan can be a catalyst for him getting back to his very best.”
Petrasso first arrived to the Nine Stripes after a stellar debut CPL season with Valour, but injuries were quick to stifle his debut at The Island Games. Despite that, York signed him a two-year deal that saw him bag three goals and seven assists in 24 appearances, including one in York United’s first-ever playoff appearance.
York United had signed him a one-year deal ahead of the 2023 CPL season following a campaign that saw him limited to thirteen appearances and months on the sideline. With injuries once again limiting his influence, a loan move for the remainder of his contract may call curtains on his time with York United.
The former Queens Park Rangers product has proven to be somewhat of a glass cannon in the Canadian Premier League: when he’s fit, he’s a terror in midfield – but those days have come in quite limited stock.
Maidstone United find themselves tenth in the England’s sixth tier, with Petrasso having begun training with the side today.