YORK City striker Dan Maguire believes playing in a full-time team will see him produce the best form of his career.

Maguire joined York from Blyth Spartans over the off-season after scoring 25 goals for the North East club last season in their quarter-finals finish in the National League North play-offs.

The 26-year-old’s move to Yorkshire has seen him put on hold his second career as a plumber in order to pursue his footballing ambitions.

And the striker think that City fans will see the best of him now that he’s working in a full-time environment.

“This is my first time as a full-time professional footballer so it is a big move for me,” Maguire explained ahead of tomorrow's season opener at Altrincham.

“I think that that has come at the right time in my career. I have had other offers previously to go full-time, but it just didn’t work out alongside my work as a plumber.

“Now, I felt it was the right to go full-time and I’m looking to working in the set-up here at York.

“Over the course of this pre-season, this is the fittest I’ve felt.

“I think training in a full-time environment has helped that and hopefully I’ll be able to produce my best form because of that.

“I spoke to Steve Watson a couple of times throughout the summer. He told me about the club and what he was trying to achieve here.

“He told me about the tradition and the history of the club too. I think that the way he wants to play will suit my game as well.

“We had some good conversations and he persuaded me to come and play here.

“My time here has gone well so far, I’m enjoying it. It’s been a good pre-season so far and we’ve played pretty well to get the wins that we have.

“I’m just looking forward to getting going now.”

Manager Watson has spoken openly of his ambitions of promotion to the fifth tier this season, a target which Maguire thinks is very achievable for the squad.

“The aim has to be to get promoted to the National League,” he said.

“With the squad that we’ve got at the moment, I don’t see any reason why that isn’t a realistic possibility. It’s something that we should be aiming for this season.

“I feel like I’ve settled in well. There’s five of us who travel up to the North East in one car so that’s helped me settle in a lot.

“I knew a few of the lads before as well, obviously Kieran Green from Blyth last season, so that’s helped me out. They’ve all really welcomed me to the group.

“I really enjoyed my time at Blyth. It’s a really good club. I played in quite an attacking line-up at Blyth which obviously suited myself as a striker.

“Generally there was an attitude of, ‘if you score five, we’re going to score six’ at the club.

“The free-flowing and attacking football of that team was enjoyable to play in.

“The gaffer here seems like he wants to play in the same way, so that suits me to the ground.”