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Former Preston North End striker Jon Parkin signs new deal with York City

York City’s top scorer Jon Parkin has signed a contract extension until the summer of 2019.

The 35-year-old, who scored his 200th career goal in September, has 16 for the season and the Minstermen are keen for him to not hang up his boots just yet.

Manager Martin Gray said: “We are delighted that Jon has committed his future to the club for another 18 months. There is so much we are looking to build on going forward and Jon is a key part of what we want to do.

“It’s fantastic news for the club. He is a big personality, a big character, and such an important player.

“Wherever he has been in his career, he has scored goals,” Gray added. “Any centre-forward who gets 200 goals in a career is ‘top-bracket’.”

Parkin is his second stint with York after signing in 2002 from Barnsley. He played 69 times for the club before moving on to Macclesfield Town, where he scored 30 goals in 65 appearances.

Championship club Hull City then signed Parkin for an undisclosed but he left after only a season for Stoke City following a loan spell at the club.

He again moved on to Preston North End in 2008 after a loan period there, making 100 appearances over three years.

Notable spells at Cardiff City, Fleetwood Town, Forest Green Rovers and Newport County followed before a return to York.

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