MANAGER Nigel Worthington is still working on bringing new players in as his squad negotiated their return to pre-season training.

The Minstermen opened their pre-season programme with a day-long session at the club’s Wigginton Road training base yesterday.

All of Worthington’s new signings were present save for Estonian midfielder Sander Puri, who has been given an extra week’s rest after being involved on international duty during the summer.

Striker David McDaid was released on the day the players returned, while Worthington said that transfer market efforts were still bubbling.

“It might not be in the next day or two, but I would like to have another couple of players in if I can,” said the City manager.

Worthington confirmed, however, that Irish striker David McDaid had left the club by mutual consent.

The 22-year-old front-man, who was brought to Bootham Crescent from Derry City by Worthington’s predecessor Gary Mills, was unlikely to figure for the City boss in his first full season as Minstermen leader.

Said Worthington: “Looking at the group of players here, David was going to have limited opportunities so it was thought best for him to move on.”

Of the return to pre-season training yesterday, the City boss was delighted by the physical condition of his squad, who had all been given a summer workout plan at the end of last season, and the work they put in on the first day.

“I am very pleased with the way it went,” he declared. “Everybody, bar Sander, was back in, and they were all in good shape. For the first day we did some very good work.”

Meanwhile, City have confirmed their squad numbers for the 2013/4 campaign.

Squad numbers: 1 Chris Kettings, 2 Lanre Oyebanjo, 4 Chris Smith, 5 David McGurk, 6 Daniel Parslow, 7 Michael Coulson, 8 Craig Clay, 9 Wes Fletcher, 10 Ashley Chambers, 11 Ryan Jarvis, 15 John McReady, 16 Jamal Fyfield, 18 Tom Platt, 19 Ryan Bowman, 20 Tom Allan, 24 Michael Ingham, 25 Chris Dickinson, 26 Mike Atkinson, 28 Sander Puri.