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Fame at City is Adam's next target

By Ian Appleyard | 23rd December 2017

York City goalkeeper Adam Bartlett is looking forward to a reunion with former club Blyth Spartans in Saturday's Vanarama National League North clash at Bootham Crescent (kick-off 3pm).

Bartlett, who joined City from Darlington last month, spent three years with Blyth at the start of his career and was inducted into their 'Hall of Fame' after playing for the England 'C' team.

"It was brilliant. I was there for two-and-a-bit seasons with Harry Dunn (who is now City's chief scout)," he said. "The first year I was there, I played 14 or 15 games. I was waiting to go and sign a contract to play in the US (for the Rochester Rhinos) but I was denied a work permit in the end!

"We won the Evo-Stik League that season but I was only a bit-part player," he admitted. "But Harry signed me on when everything went pear-shaped with the US scenario.

"I played two years in the Conference North and the reason I was put into the 'Hall of Fame' was because I was the first Blyth player in 50 years to get called up to the England C.

"At the time, it was a rarity because they tended to pick a lot of Conferene players. Now it is an Under-23 competition but, back then, it was open age. I got six caps in the end, four with Blyth."

Having played five games so far since his move, Bartlett hopes to become as popular with City supporters as he was with Blyth's

"If you can feel the supporters behind you trust you, it makes a massive difference confidence-wise," he said. "That’s not something that will come instantly. I have to perform on the pitch and build that over time.

"The quicker I can do that, the easier it will make my job," he added. "And that's the plan. I want to be the best player I can for York City.”

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