SUSPENDED veteran midfielder Jonathan Greening has offered to carry on playing until the end of the season for York City.

After more than a year out of the professional game, Bootham Crescent youth-team coach Greening was lured out of retirement by City chief Jackie McNamara last month with the club short of options in that area of the pitch.

He went on to receive a red card in his third outing at Portsmouth but Greening’s three-game ban will come to an end following Saturday’s home match with Morecambe and the former Manchester United, Middlesbrough and West Brom ace, who turns 37 in January, is in no mood for his distinguished career to end on a low.

Nor does he expect his first club to pay him anything for playing.

“I’m not looking for any extra money or anything like that and I’m just happy to be used on a non-contract basis,” he explained. “I just love playing the game and it was nice to be called in by the manager.

“I really enjoyed it and it was great to make my second debut at Bootham Crescent as a half-time substitute and nice to get another hour at Leyton Orient. At Portsmouth, I was also feeling good and felt like I was really getting going before it all went wrong.

“That was gutting, but that’s how it is with football. When I got sent off, the manager said there’s nothing we can do about it other than waiting for you to be available again on Boxing Day.

“He’s been great and said he wants to keep me involved until the end of the season. Everybody wants us to stay in the Football League and, if I can do my little bit to help the situation, then I will do.

“Even if we finish third-bottom and it means we stay up, we will take that because that’s the main objective and I’m more than happy to play if needed without a shadow of doubt. If the manager doesn’t want me, that’s fine as well, so we’ll see what happens, but I’d like to think my career won’t finish with a red card.

“I don’t want that to be the end and, hopefully, I will get a chance to play at Bootham Crescent again in the next couple of weeks because that would be great.”