UTILITY man Danny Holmes is ready to commit his future to York City saying the club's future is bright despite relegation to National League North.

Holmes is out of contract this summer after leaving AFC Fylde to join the Minstermen six months ago.

Ironically, the two clubs are now swapping divisions with York dropping into the sixth tier of English football and Fylde winning promotion to the National League.

But Holmes, who made nearly 150 appearances for Tranmere Rovers in the Football League, said: “I told the gaffer I wanted to stay straight away and he wanted me to, as well, which was great for me.

"Hopefully, we can keep most of the team together because I think we have got the resolve and quality we need and I believe the future looks bright for York.”

Now 28, Holmes had been employed as a right sided defender or midfielder during York's ill-fated battle against the drop.

It was a major surprise when he was moved to left wing-back for the FA Trophy final against Macclesfield Town at Wembley but he duly set up two goals in the 3-2 victory.

"I’ll play anywhere. That doesn’t bother me," he said. "And I think it’s quite good being on the left because you can open up a bit. The first goal came from that - I put the ball in and Jon got his big head on it and flicked it in.

“It was a final and it was all about winning and I’ll play anywhere for this team to give us a chance of doing that."

Holmes believes York will adapt to the more difficult playing surfaces they are likely to encounter next season.

"I’ve played at that level for a few months and I went on loan to Southport in the same league as a young lad as well," he said. "I learned a lot back then and it grounded me as a player.

"On our pitch, we can look to play football but, at away grounds, the surfaces won’t always be as good and you have to dig in as much as anything which we have shown we can do as a team.

“You know what you get when the winter comes in that league," he said. "The pitches will be bad and you maybe need a 'Plan B' then.

"But the gaffer is very knowledgeable and I’m sure he’ll know what he’s doing when we go into next season.”

Holmes says City’s Wembley victory illustrated the team spirit that Mills has now engendered in his squad.

“Winning at Wembley is everybody’s dream and it was unbelievable,” Holmes enthused. “The gaffer said the Trophy final was the start of a new season and it did feel that was the case.

"We always know, as a team, that we can come back and, even though we had a couple of little setbacks when they equalised twice, we felt we could get the winner - just like we know we can come back from relegation as well.”