York City sporting director Dave Penney admitted master marksman Jon Parkin should still be plying his trade at a higher level.

Parkin hit a hat-trick during a 4-1 Boxing Day National League North victory at bottom-of-the-table North Ferriby, taking his season’s tally to 21 and setting a new post-War club record of 36 goals in a calendar year.

The former Championship campaigner, who turns 36 this weekend, was joined on the scoresheet by Jonny Burn at Grange Lane and a delighted Penney – standing in for manager Martin Gray as he rushed off to attend a family function – enthused: “When you’ve got Jon Parkin in your club, you’re going to score goals and you have to build your team around him.

“He’s got 21 goals now and he keeps on scoring. The manner of the hat-trick – with no set-plays in it – was also very pleasing.

“We told him at half-time to go and get a third and he’s told us that he’ll need to build an extension now for all the match-balls he’s got down the years. He’s been fantastic for us and scores goals for fun by having that knack of bring in the right place.

“He should probably be playing at a higher level with his standards and qualities, but he’s under contract for another season with us and we’ll be keeping hold of him.”

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