York City: My heart is with Minstermen - Brodie

In a week where the odds of a White Christmas were slashed, so too were the likely odds of a would-be suitor coming in for Richard Brodie come the New Year.

The striker is hot property after another York City hat-trick, but whatever the future holds, his heart is at KitKat Crescent.

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Brodie, just 22, has already made history this season by reaching 20 goals for the Minstermen in the fastest time ever – beating City legend Arthur Bottom's record set in the 1950s by six days.

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And it's highly likely that records of varying shapes and forms will continue to tumble, the Geordie ace netting his second hat-trick of the season during this week's FA Trophy win against Hinckley United.

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Already, the Gateshead-born striker has matched last year's goal tally of 23 and as a young forward with a deadly eye for goal, Brodie looks sure to be in demand come the January transfer window, with even York manager Martin Foyle admitting as much in recent weeks.

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But York's striking sensation is remaining focused on what he does best – scoring goals.

Asked if he expected a flurry of interest in January, Brodie told Yorkshire Sport: "You speak to people and you look at people who have moved on, and when you start scoring goals, people are going to look.

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"Everyone is looking for a goalscorer.

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"But from my point of view, I am fully committed to York City at the minute and concentrating on doing my job. That's where my heart is.

"At the end of the day, you wouldn't be a human being if you didn't want to better yourself, but I know nothing about any sort of enquires or any sort of interest. You don't know what's just around the corner and we'll see if anything comes around in January, but at the minute I am fully concentrating on my job in hand."

And what a job he is doing, rarely a game going by where Brodie fails to hit the target, with his mid-week hat-trick drawing him level with last season's tally – but in half the time.

At this rate, anything is possible, with Brodie well on his way to 40 for the season if his current average can be maintained, but the England C international is refusing to set any targets whatsoever.

He had done, but they have now been surpassed!

"I got 23 in the whole of last season so I have equalled that already," said Brodie.

"I wouldn't say I've been lucky, I've worked hard trying to improve my game and I'm starting to score different types of goals, but as a striker you get times when things go for you.

"Everything just seems to be flying in for us at the minute.

"Of the 23 that I got last year, 19 were for York and four was when I was on loan at Barrow.

"I was looking to equal the 19 really which I've done and then my aim was the 23 and I've done both of them already.

"I don't really want to set myself too big a target as that will just put pressure on myself.

"I just want to take each game as it comes and that's what I've been doing at the minute and it's been working."

Brodie also admits he felt chuffed to surpass the record set by former York forward Bottom back in 1954 – 33 years before Brodie was born.

"I think it was Arthur Bottom who got it in 1954 and I think I beat it by 10 days or something, so it's a great achievement," he said. "You don't really look at these records but when they come around you realise that records are there to be broken.

"It's a great record and, as a goalscorer, that's what you want to do."

There are certainly plenty more of those to be broken, Bottom having netted the most York goals in one season with 39 – 31 of which were in the league – during the 1954-55 season in Division Three North.

Bottom's 31 league goals of that year is also a record, shared with Billy Fenton who also netted 31 in the same division during the 1951–52 season.

And while Brodie may have already bagged two hat-tricks this term, Alf Patrick holds the record for most goals scored in one game, bagging five against Rotherham United in November 1948.

Should fans dare to look at the longer term, Norman Wilkinson has netted the most goals in York's history with 143 between 1954 and 1966 with another Minstermen legend, Keith Walwyn, second on the list with 140 from his spell at the club between 1981 and 1987.

Brodie still has a way to go to match any of those feats, but worryingly for Blue Square Premier defences, the targetman was not particularly impressed with his performance against Hinckley in mid-week, despite his treble.

"To be honest, I didn't think I had the best of games apart from the three goals but then that's what I'm here to do," said Brodie.

"But you can't be greedy and think of everything else.

"It was a tough game and they came and played some good football, especially on our pitch which is getting worse every game."

On the contrary, Brodie just gets better and better.