Jon Parkin remains firmly in York City boss Steve Watson’s plans after making only his third substitute appearance since mid-November last weekend, York Press report.

The 37-year-old veteran had not made the Minstermen’s matchday squad in the two previous games but has been hailed off the bench in three of Watson’s five matches in charge, despite not playing a minute of his predecessor Sam Collins’ final ten fixtures in charge.

Parkin last started a game on September 1 – the 1-1 draw at Hereford – but Watson regards him as potential game changer, who could tip results in the team’s favour as the team go all out for victories if they reach a position where National League North safety is all but ensured.

Extolling the former Championship campaigner’s merits, Watson said: “Technically and finishing wise, Jon is still up there and he’s obviously a handful.

“We went 4-4-2 and brought him on against Ashton to try and win the game and, at times, we might have to do that again this season as, if we get in a position where we’re not looking over our shoulder, then we’ll just need to go for wins rather than draws.”

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