YORK City have signed experienced centre-back Steve McNulty.

The 35-year-old defender was a second-half substitute for the Tranmere side that beat Newport County at Wembley in last month's League Two play-off final.

McNulty has won six promotions with four different clubs - Barrow, Fleetwood Town, Luton Town, and Tranmere - and has clocked up nearly 600 career appearances, captaining all four clubs in the process.

May’s Wembley win means McNulty bowed out at Prenton Park with back-to-back promotions, having also been in the side that defeated Boreham Wood 12 months earlier to prevail 2-1 in the National League play-off final under the world-famous arch.

McNulty was prominent in both campaigns, making 43 league starts in 2017/18 and 27 last term.

Commenting on securing McNulty's services for the 2019/20 campaign, pleased City chief Steve Watson enthused: “I’m not surprised by the positive response we have had for Steve’s signing, because he gives us something we needed. Every club needs a leader and I think we have got one of the best in the business in and around this level.

“People might look at his age but he’s by no means finished yet. He didn’t want to go to another club where he didn’t think they’d have a chance of challenging for promotion and he’s very, very hungry to add to the success he has had during his career.”

 Previously, Liverpool-born McNulty was on the books of his home-town club for 12 years from the age of seven, captaining the Champions League winners’ under-19 team before his release in 2003.

After a trial at Blackpool, he then joined Northern Premier League club Burscough, before joining then National League North outfit Vauxhall Motors.

A move to Barrow followed in 2007 and, as skipper, he led the club to promotion into the National League via the play-offs.

In 2009, he signed for then sixth-tier outfit Fleetwood Town, setting a new club record transfer fee of £17,000.

After again being made skipper, he enjoyed another play-off final triumph with the Cod Army and he also wore the armband as the coastal club won automatic promotion to the Football League in 2012.

He went on to join Luton in January 2013 and, during the following campaign, marshalled a defence that kept a club record 23 league clean sheets to win the National League title.

His importance in that campaign was also demonstrated by his Player of the Year and Goal of the Season awards – the latter for a 30-yard volley against Southport.

He became the Hatters captain back in the Football League, before moving to Tranmere in October 2015 to be nearer his family.