NEW recruit Andy Leaning adds a "wealth of experience" to the York City backroom team, according to manager Russ Wilcox.

The 52-year-old is back at Bootham Crescent for his second stint as goalkeeping coach, furthering a career that has also included stints with Leeds United and Sheffield United.

Leaning, who made 69 League appearances for the Minstermen in the 1980s, was appointed yesterday following the departure of previous goalkeeping coach Andy Collett.

Wilcox said: "Andy has a wealth of experience and an association with York City. He played for the club and he lives in the city.

"He has worked at all levels, at top clubs like Sheffield United and Leeds United. He's been there and done it all, and I am delighted he has joined York City."

Wilcox is keen to draw on Leaning's knowledge and experience as he looks to recruit a goalkeeper this summer.

"Andy will have an input into that because he has made a lot of contacts over the years," he said.

"We have had a good chat about things and bounced ideas around about freshening up the group for next season."

With Wilcox also looking to appoint a new assistant manager, the Minstermen will have a new-look backroom staff for next season.

"It is exciting," said the manager. "It is important that I put my stamp on York City. Changes in football happen and it brings a new freshness to the group."

Leaning said he was delighted to be back at a club he served so well as a goalkeeper and also later as goalkeeping coach.

He said: "The approach came out of the blue but I was really impressed by Russ and I am looking forward to hopefully helping York to have a very successful season."

Leaning previously filled the role at Bootham Crescent on a part-time basis having been appointed by former boss Martin Foyle in 2010.

That stint only lasted a season, though, with Foyle's successor Gary Mills brining in Paul Musselwhite as a player/coach the following summer.

Leaning went on to work under Neil Warnock and Brian McDermott between 2012 and 2014 at Leeds United.

He has also carried out the same responsibility at Chesterfield, Scarborough, Barnsley and Sheffield United, where he nurtured the emerging talent of Ireland international Paddy Kenny.

The Howden-born trainer has assisted at York College too in the past, helping Sam Slocombe graduate into the professional game with Scunthorpe and holds the UEFA 'A' licence for coaching and goalkeeping coaching.

As a player, Leaning signed for City at the age of 22 in 1985 having impressed for amateur outfits York RI and Rowntree Mackintosh while working for British Rail.

During his first pro season, he was man of the match during the Minstermen's 3-1 FA Cup extra-time defeat at Anfield against a Liverpool team destined to win the double.

Leaning went on to have a trial with Everton before moving on to Sheffield United and going on to represent Bristol City, Lincoln and Chesterfield.

His son Jack, meanwhile, currently plays cricket for Yorkshire.