FORMER York City striker Richard Brodie has joined the management team at Ashton Athletic.

Brodie links up with Ashton following a spell as player/coach at Skelmersdale United, also of the North West Counties League premier division.

The 34-year-old also spent a brief period of time in the backroom staff at York City ahead of the Minstermen’s FA Cup tie with Buxton earlier this month.

On joining Ashton, Brodie told the club’s website: “I’m delighted to be on board at Ashton and that Jay has asked me to come and be part of his management team.

“It’s the next rung on the ladder for me as I’ve spent the last three years at Skem as player coach and proud of my achievements in reaching the first round of FA Cup and leaving the club second in the table as part of Paul McNally’s staff.

“I’m now at Ashton and I’m here to help jay and the lads progress up the table. It was great to be involved in my first game last night and start with a win.

“I am a winner and looking to pass my experience to the team.

“It was great to meet the committee at the game and I can’t wait to work with the lads.”

Ashton manager Jay Foulds added: “Once I had a chat with Brodes, I knew he was the right person to bring on board.

“His enthusiasm, ambition and professionalism is infectious plus he can still play which is an added bonus.

“I would like to put on record my thanks to Paul McNally and Skelmersdale United for the professional way the situation was dealt with.”

During his playing career, Brodie racked up over 150 appearances for York City, scoring 58 goals.

The Gateshead-born frontman was named as the Conference Premier Player of the Year and in the division’s Team of the Year in 2009/10 at City.

He is one of only three York players in the club’s history to finish the season as the division’s top-goalscorer.

Brodie was also part of the York side which reached the 2009 FA Trophy final.