YORK City have completed the signing of former Watford goalkeeper Luke Simpson on a two-year deal.

Simpson, 21, impressed manager Jackie McNamara on trial in Saturday’s pre-season friendly against Bolton Wanderers.

His capture brings to 20 the total number of new signings by York this summer. He will now compete with Scott Flinders for the first team jersey.

Simpson began his youth career with Oldham Athletic before signing professional terms with the League One outfit in 2013 despite reported interest from Manchester United and Celtic.

During his first senior season with the Latics, the 6ft 3in shot-stopper enjoyed loan spells with both non-league outfit Workington and current Premier League champions Leicester City.

After failing to make a senior appearance at Boundary Park, however, Simpson switched permanently to Accrington Stanley in August 2014, where he featured nine times before departing the Wham Stadium at the turn of the year.

Following a trial at Premier League outfit Watford last season, the ‘keeper signed an eight-month deal with the Hornets before departing at the end of his contract earlier this summer.

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