WILL Davies hopes that he can continue his goal-scoring exploits into his new life at York City.

The prolific striker joined the Minstermen from Vanarama National League South outfit Braintree Town for an undisclosed fee yesterday, where he had no problems finding the back of the net.

He delivered an impressive return of eight goals in 15 appearances for the Iron this term, having risen up the ranks from the Southern League Premier Central, in which he netted 53 times in 124 appearances for Leiston.

Davies scored 29 goals in 42 appearances last season as a Blues side containing fellow City attacker Finlay Barnes earned a third-placed finish, before making the move to Braintree this summer.

Such a return had left the 24-year-old on the radar of a number of Vanarama National League clubs, but after a conversation with manager Neal Ardley, he described the decision to move to the LNER Community Stadium as a "no brainer."

"I spoke to him earlier on in the week," Davies told the club.

"I've spoken to a few clubs this week but as soon as I spoke to Neal, I knew what he was like. He cares about me and he knows that I want to push on.

"As soon as I had the conversation with him - we spoke about personal things as well as football - so for me, it was an easy decision to come to York.

"Hopefully I can take my form from the start of the season straight into this and as soon as we get going, just get out there and score goals.

"I've had a look around and I like what I see, so I'm looking forward to it."

Davies hopes to slot straight into City's attacking line-up alongside Dipo Akinyemi and captain Lenell John-Lewis, who netted a brace to help the Minstermen set up a clash with Sky Bet League One's Wigan Athletic in the Second Round of the FA Cup on December 1.

As for what people can expect him to bring to the side, the marksman replied: "I'm a number 9, I'm a striker, so I can do it with my back to goal and in behind.

"I'm quite big so I like to use my frame.

"I'm looking forward to it, and hopefully we'll see some goals here."

The 24-year-old could make his debut as York host an out-of-form Hartlepool United in the Vanarama National League on Saturday.

Pools' 1400-ticket allocation for the fixture flew off the shelves, with John Askey returning to manage against the club that he led to promotion from the Vanarama National League North in 2021-22 after victory in the Play-off Final.

"I can't wait!" Davis said of potentially making his debut in front of a bumper crowd on Saturday.

"I just had a look around the ground and it's an unreal facility that you've got here.

"I'm looking forward to getting in front of the fans and hopefully scoring some goals here soon."