The York Press report that York City manager Sam Collins and veteran striker Jon Parkin have resolved their differences during a clear-the-air meeting.

Following last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Boston United, Collins criticised Parkin for being filmed drinking alcohol in the morning at an airport on the way to watch Feyenoord play PSV Eindhoven earlier this month.

But Parkin responded by complaining that “digging him out was uncalled for” after a game that he played no part in and argued that he wouldn’t have indulged himself on the sanctioned trip had he not been given three days off.

The former Stoke striker, who turns 37 at the end of this month, has not been selected for any of City’s last four matchday squads and not started a game since September 1 at Hereford.

He is unlikely to feature at Harrogate Town in the FA Trophy this weekend either due to a long-established knee problem that flares up on 3G pitches.

But Collins, who is a former Hull City team-mate of Parkin’s, has insisted that the pair have now decided to move on from the public spat, with the latter still in contention for a place in future team line-ups.

“We’ve had a good chat and I had my opinion, whilst he had his and now it’s gone, so we move on,” Collins declared. “If Jon feels he now has to prove me wrong and score lots of goals, as he has done throughout his career, then we can benefit from that.”

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