STEVE WATSON has said he wants Tom Allan to stay in with a chance of playing football as the centre-back starts his loan spell at Scarborough Athletic.

Along with 20-year-old Harry Spratt, York City defender Allan, 25, has gone to the Yorkshire coast outfit for a month.

Having already spent a month on loan at the Flamingo Land Stadium, Spratt has made a good impression at Boro. He and Allan started together in the Seadogs' 2-0 Northern Premier League premier division defeat at Warrington Town.

Both have had limited game time at York, with the Minstermen's regular central back three of Steve McNulty, Sean Newton and Joe Tait continuing to perform well.

Spratt has made seven National League North appearances for City, while Allan has been restricted solely to cup outings in the red and blue shirt.

Allan has enjoyed, however, a good amount of time at fellow National League North outfit Farsley Celtic, where he made 18 league appearances over two spells, scoring three goals and having a hand in five clean sheets.

Asked about Allan going back out on loan, Watson said: "Tom spent half a season involved playing with Farsley and for his sake, I don't want him to spend half a season not playing football, and there are players ahead of him at the moment."

As well as the defensive duo, York also have striker Macaulay Langstaff out getting game time at Blyth Spartans.

The 23-year-old was sent on a month's deal to the North East on February 7 and has featured in all three of his struggling loan club's defeats since then, making three starts.

With these outbound loans and Kurt Willoughby returning to parent club Fylde, there have been suggestions the manager might want to look for extra recruits.

But Watson reiterated his stance on not signing players to fill the bench, and says he would rather look to York City's own Academy players than bring in youngsters from elsewhere.

"I'm not going to bring bodies in for the sake of bringing bodies in," he said.

"They have to be people that I know can make us better. I'm not just going to bring people in just to sit around and boost the squad.

"We've got some good young lads who have really kicked on this season, so if need be, your Reiss Harrisons, your Archies (Whitfield) can all come in.

"Jake Watson's doing really well at the moment, and Jebbo (Charlie Jebson-King), so we've got those lads to call on.

"That's their goal and their pat on the back for improving the way they have this season. I wouldn't want to bring in a young lad from another club if I can use one of our young lads."