With York City manager Martin Gray looking to build a squad of “horrible” players next season, out-of-contract right-back Connor Brown feels he fits the bill.

But the aggressive defender has argued that any suggestion his disciplinary record and tough-tackling reputation make him a possible on-pitch liability are wide of the mark. Brown, 25, has been shown 16 yellow cards this season, but has reasoned that the fact that none of those cautions has led to a dismissal and that he has only been sent off once in his career during a 1-0 defeat for Oldham at Bradford in January 2016, illustrates that he can be trusted to keep his emotions under control.

He was replaced at Gainsborough this month after getting booked as manager Martin Gray decided to make a change with home supporters baying for a red card as Brown had earlier been involved in the challenge that saw the Northolme outfit’s left-back Brandon Fleming given his marching orders.

But Brown believes he can be unfairly targeted by officials and pointed out: “A big part of my game is playing on the edge, but I’ve never been shown two yellow cards in a match.

“I’ve had one straight red card and that was appealed against because it was very harsh, so my record isn’t bad over about 200 games. I often get a yellow card for my first foul in a game, which was the case at Gainsborough and I think referees sometimes talk to each other and maybe they say ‘watch out for Connor Brown, because he’s a niggly character’.”

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