YORK City manager Martin Foyle has revealed he has no plans to sell top scorer Richard Brodie during the January transfer window.

Foyle also admitted he was disappointed that Blue Square Premier rivals Barrow commented on the possibility of an approach for Brodie without consulting the City chief.

England ‘C’ international Brodie netted four times during a one-month loan spell with the Cumbrians in November and has since taken his season’s tally to 14 having scored five from seven outings following his return to KitKat Crescent.

Brodie, 21, is contracted to the Minstermen until the summer of 2010 and Foyle is hoping their strong working relationship can benefit both in the future.

The City boss said: “I will always tell the truth and let my players know if they are going or not. I’m disappointed Barrow didn’t have the decency to phone me if they were interested but, if you don’t get a call, you can’t talk about anything.

“From my point of view, Brodes’ attitude is spot-on and we are learning lots from each other. He’s tied with us until next season and we will look after him.

“He’s a player who’s improving but there’s still a bit to work on. I hope we have that ideal partnership and I can benefit from him as well.”

A permanent move for Adam Smith, however, continues to stall with Gainsborough reneging on a gentleman’s agreement to allow him to leave if a full-time club show an interest in his services.

Foyle is prepared to offer Smith a contract until the end of the season but could be forced to look elsewhere if the Lincolnshire part-timers continue to dig their heels in.

The City boss added: “Adam has gone back to Gainsborough and his situation is proving a slow-moving one. Gainsborough’s stance is a bit disappointing on his behalf because he’s been let down and I would be the first to say that.

“We might see an outcome now because he doesn’t want to go back there. They have messed him around which is not a good formula for happiness.”

Foyle is, meanwhile, pursuing further reinforcements. He said: “I’ve had a good look around and I’m waiting for two or three phone calls but the two or three players I’d like have played in the FA Trophy and the Setanta Shield so there’s no need to bring them in until next week.”