FORMER York City striker Jon Parkin has declared an end to his playing career.

The 37-year-old was the Minstermen's top scorer with 25 goals in 2017/18, but was limited to five starts and 19 substitute outings last term, hitting the target just three times, before leaving the club at the end of the season.

Earlier today the former Barnsley, Hull City, Stoke and Preston frontman announced his retirement on Twitter.

He said: “It’s come to that time in my career where no matter how hard I try, I simply can’t run the 100m in under 10 seconds anymore.

“I always knew once my pace went that I could never be the same player so I’ve decided it’s time for me to hang the boots up.

“I’ve done 21 years so I can’t really complain.

“Not 100 per cent sure but think it’s around 670 games and 225 goals which ain’t too bad for a fat lad from Barnsley.

“On to pastures green. It’s been an absolute pleasure.”