YORK City have signed Blyth Spartans’ top marksman Dan Maguire.

Maguire scored 25 goals last season to help Blyth finish sixth in the National League North table and qualify for the promotion play-offs.

City chief Steve Watson has also revealed that the 26-year-old forward, who will give up his full-time job as a plumber, rejected moves to clubs higher up the footballing pyramid.

Maguire, who has played for the England 'C' team, made his debut for Blyth seven years ago, with Watson saying: "It has taken a little while to do because he had a lot of options, but he has now made the decision to become a full-time footballer which is a big deal to him.

"He is a great character and a terrific striker - as most clubs who have played against him in this league will tell you. He can score all kinds of goals and is very lively.

“In the last two seasons, he has chalked up as many goals as anybody. We are really lucky to have him, and I think it will work really well. "It's a huge feather in the cap for the club and I think the fans will be excited by it. We have had lots of chats this summer and he's a had lot of other options - leagues above really - but I think he likes what we have said to him about the club and the way we are planning on going and trying to progress."