YORK City have signed Grimsby Town midfielder Sean McAllister on a one-month loan deal.

The Bolton-born, 30-year-old is a double League Two promotion winner with Shrewsbury and Scunthorpe, helping guide both clubs to runners-up finishes in 2012 and 2014 respectively.

Previously, he had been on the books of Manchester United and Bolton as a schoolboy, before turning professional at Sheffield Wednesday, where he plied his trade for five seasons at Championship level, making 73 appearances and scoring four goals.

Having also enjoyed spells at Mansfield, Port Vale and Cowdenbeath, McAllister joined Grimsby in the summer of 2016 after three years at Scunthorpe.

But a recurring groin injury limited his chances to just four appearances last term and, this season, his only outing has come as a 69th-minute substitute during a 1-1 Checkatrade Trophy draw against Sunderland under-21s.

McAllister is also a former winner of the Sheffield Wednesday Young Player of the Year and Scunthorpe Player of the Year awards.

During 231 games as a professional, he has netted six times.

York City Supporters’ Trust chairman John Lacy, meanwhile, has welcomed the start of work at Monks Cross – the site of the new community stadium.

He said: “I believe everyone at York City, from the Chairman down to the youngest fan, will share feelings of excitement and renewed hope for the future as we watch the new stadium complex taking shape over the next few months. This good news is the perfect antidote to the growing anxiety and depression around our football club at the moment.

“We all need something to cheer us up following several seasons of doom and gloom and, right now, short of sitting pretty at the top of the league, this is the best possible Christmas present, so congratulations to all who have worked so hard to finally get this show on the road.”