YORK City’s new signing Scott Brown would love to defeat old team Fleetwood in the Blue Square Bet Premier play-offs.

With City currently sitting just two positions behind the second-placed Cod Army, there is a chance both teams could be pitched together come May in a bid to win promotion to the Football League.

Brown joined Fleetwood in August but only made nine appearances before leaving the coastal club in the new year and, after making his full debut for the Minstermen in Saturday’s 2-0 victory at Lincoln, the 26-year-old midfielder insisted he would relish an end-of-season showdown with his big-spending former employers.

The ex-Everton trainee said: “York and Fleetwood are very different clubs. They’ve got a big squad there and, even though I started the season playing, things then happened and I found myself out of the team.

“So if we were to meet them in a play-off semi-final or final, I would be made up. You obviously want to prove people wrong and, if that chance came, I’m sure I could do that. This league is a tight one and, if we keep playing how we did at Lincoln, we would have a great chance against anybody.”

Brown arrived at Bootham Crescent following a brief trial with League Two Aldershot and, even though City ply their trade a division below the Hampshire outfit, the former Bristol City and Morecambe midfielder believes he has now signed for a bigger club.

He also admitted City boss Gary Mills’ reputation as a manager was another attraction, saying: “Everybody I have talked to about the manager has spoken very highly of him. People tell you he’s great to work under and play for.

“I went to Aldershot but they’re not too financially stable and I think I’ve come to an obviously bigger club and, if we can get promotion, that would be great.”

Brown is also hoping he can take some of the midfield goalscoring burden off Paddy McLaughlin’s shoulders.

With Scott Kerr, who has not netted since bagging a match-winning brace for Lincoln at Accrington four seasons ago, and Andre Boucaud, who scored his one and only Conference career goal back in August, forming two parts of Mills’ midfield axis for most of 2011/12, the eight-goal contribution of McLaughlin has proven vital.

But Brown, who was on target for Morecambe three times last season, believes he can help in that department.

He said: “I should have scored but their player made a great block on the line. When I hit it, I thought it was in and I was ready to celebrate but it must have just nicked the lad on the side of his leg and it went wide by inches for a corner. I like to create chances for others but, if opportunities come my way, I’d back myself to score some goals.”

On his own and the team’s performance at Sincil Bank, Brown added: “I haven’t played for a while so it was good to get a game and I enjoyed it.

“I felt comfortable in midfield with Scott and Paddy and I thought we dominated the game. In the first half, we were solid and, in the second, we opened them up a little bit.

“Pilks’ balls into the box were very good and they were two great finishes by Blairy.

“I just want to play as many games as possible and get back to my best form by being as fit as I can and, hopefully, help to get us promoted at the end of the season.”