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Flynn enjoying early opportunity

By Ian Appleyard | 12th April 2018

Teenager Flynn McNaughton has been speaking about his elevation to the City first team squad and his three appearances as a substitute in the promotion race.

Still only 17, McNaughton has been thrust into the spotlight after injuries to strikers Jon Parkin, Louis Almond, and Alex Kempster.

The Scarborough-born striker joined City's Academy four years ago and is the leading goalscorer in the Under-18s this season with 11 goals.

"I was a little bit nervous coming on for my first appearance (against Chorley) but, after the first one, I settled down a little bit," he said.

Manager Martin Gray has yet to reveal who will line-up in attack for Saturday's away game against Gainsborough Trinity in Vanarama National League North (kick-off 3pm).

However, McNaughton may have boosted his chances of a first start by scoring for the reserves in Wednesday afternoon's 1-1 draw against Grimsby Town at Bootham Crescent.

"I would be happy to start - if the Gaffer needs me to," he said. "The injury situation has been getting worse and worse. I had a feeling my chance might come - eventually - but I didn't think it would be this early."

Commenting on his displays in the reserve team, McNaughton said: "It gives you a chance to play against better, stronger players and a chance to impress the Gaffer. It's a good platform really. Towards the end of last season, I wasn't playing a lot because Ryan Edmondson came in and he started most games but, when he left, that opened the door for me for the first team."

McNaughton says he has picked up good advice this season from senior strikers Parkin and Amari Morgan-Smith but reserves the biggest praise for his father Michael, a former centreback with his hometown club Scarborough.

"My Dad is brilliant. He knows the game so well," said McNaughton. "He has been around a long time and he thinks he knows what he is doing - occasionally! But he is a really good help. I don't think I would be where I am now without him, to be honest."

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