STEVE WATSON is looking to the future with York City's young players after two up-and-comers scored their first professional goals for the clubs in recent weeks.

York-born Rob Guilfoyle netted in a 4-2 defeat at Bradford Park Avenue on Boxing Day and Josh King scored a well-taken volley against Guiseley.

Guilfoyle, 18, signed for City ahead of this season after impressing at Hull City. The striker came on as a 60th-minute substitute and netted with a smart turn and strike.

Central defender King signed for the Minstermen as a 19-year-old ahead of last season and took a tricky goal well on Monday, December 28 to secure a deserved 1-0 win for York, as well as performing confidently at the back.

Also on York's books are 20-year-old former Scunthorpe United striker Reon Potts and 21-year-old Alex Wollerton, who has gone on loan to the Avenue. Both await their first professional competitive strikes in City colours, though Wollerton got the third in York's excellent 3-0 pre-season win at Notts County.

"I think we're the type of club that has to look at bringing young lads through and having a certain group of players we can build on, improve and get pushing nearer the first team," Watson said.

"You've seen it with (Josh) King and (Harry) Spratt over the last year or so, you've seen it with Rob Guilfoyle doing well from the bench, Reon Potts coming on from the bench. Alex Wollerton's on the brink - he came on against Notts County and scored a good goal.

"We have got lads we're trying to progress and that might be a big part of the future of York. I think that is important."