Jon Parkin is ready for a “fresh start” under new boss Martin Gray after admitting he was disappointed by the departures of the previous management team.
The 35-year-old forward was brought back to Bootham Crescent by Gary Mills and Darren Caskey last December and went on to net 22 times in 36 outings under the pair after being deemed surplus to requirements at League Two Newport.
A match-winning brace during Gray’s first game, meanwhile, took the former Stoke and Hull forward’s tally to eight in nine games this season and, even more impressively, 20 in his last 23 appearances.
Parkin is no stranger to dugout upheaval with Gray the 26th manager he has plied his trade under in 18 years as a professional – a list that started with ex-City coach Eric Winstanley at Barnsley and also includes the likes of Tony Pulis, Dave Bassett, Peter Taylor, Phil Brown, Brian Horton, Alan Irvine, Dave Jones and Malky Mackay.
Having bagged a match-winning brace in Gray’s first game in charge – the 2-1 home win against Brackley – Parkin’s experience has seen him emerge unruffled by the change in hierarchy, even though Gray and sporting director Dave Penney’s predecessors departed with a sense of sadness.
“I was disappointed for Gary and Cask,” the 6ft 4in target-man confessed. “They brought me to the football club and I really enjoyed working with them.
“But it’s not the first time it’s happened during my career and you just have to come in the following Monday ready for a fresh start.”
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