KURT WILLOUGHBY is fitting in well at York City, it seems.

The 22-year-old striker - as it stood on Thursday - has two games remaining of his month's loan from AFC Fylde, but has made an impression in his short time at Bootham Crescent.

He made a hard-working debut against Kettering Town in the hole behind strike pair Jordan Burrow and Dan Maguire, before getting off the goalscoring mark in the 4-2 win over Chester.

Willoughby added to his brace in that game with the opener last weekend at Boston United.

After tomorrow's game against Hereford, Willoughby is slated to return to parent club Fylde, who are struggling in the National League relegation zone.

York have had Willoughby on their radar for some time - with Sean Newton revealing he tried to coax him to Bootham Crescent in the summer - and now they have their man, albeit for a short stint, the team have received him with open arms.

"That's exactly what I came to do," he commented on his three goals in three games. "To score goals and get my confidence back, get the game time and get back to full fitness.

"I think it's gone well so far.

"Last summer I knew (York) were interested. We had a couple of conversations.

"They knew I had an operation and I wasn't getting as much game time as I needed. They expressed some interest then.

"I spoke to my agent and here I am today.

"They're a great bunch of lads, they welcomed me on the first day.

"They've all been happy for me scoring and happy for me to be here.

"They're all hoping that I stay a bit longer, which is nice to hear."

Willoughby is recovering from a hernia operation, a procedure which limited his playing time at Fylde.

On returning to action, he said: "After you've had a game, your body's stiff, you're sore and you've got to get over that and get used to that again.

"Mentally it's quite hard but I'm getting back into it. I've played three games, two 90 minutes.

"I'm feeling good."

Of his first three outings in York colours, he added: "The first game I was a bit deeper, did a lot more defensive work. It was tough but I got a lot out of that.

"The other two games I played up front.

"I'm feeling sharper, fitter and running in behind more. I'm feeling good every game."

Willoughby's three goals have each had their own charm. The first against Chester, he got himself into a good position for a simple finish from a David Ferguson cross, while the second was a sweet glancing header which left the Chester shot-stopper standing.

His third was a well-weighted lob over the advancing Peter Crook in the Boston goal.

"I'm not usually known for my headers but I got one, a little tap-in at the back post and a lob over the keeper," he said.

"They've all been different.

"I thought (the lob) hit the bar and it might bounce and stay out but luckily it bounced just behind and went in."

Finishing is one of Willoughby's best attributes, he believes. His preferred playing style he explained as: "In behind, on the shoulder, just a poacher in the box, trying to be in the right place at the right time to nick a goal.

"I practise (finishing) a lot. Most days I stay after training and do a lot of finishing drills.

"That's what I think my best strength is, my finishing.

"I've got two more games of the initial loan," he added.

"The club I'm contracted to is Fylde. I signed for them to play, but if they don't see me starting games then it's a no-brainer to go where I'd be playing and starting and scoring.

"We'll just have to see.

"Whatever club I play for, I'll give 100 per cent and try my best.