KIERAN GREEN has rejected a further improved deal with York City and has left the club in order to play at a higher level.

The midfielder was the final player in the York squad yet to decide upon where his future lay and was in discussions with the club over a new deal for the 2020/21 season.

However, Green rejected a "further improved deal", York said in a club statement, instead opting to "play at a higher level".

The former Hartlepool United and Gateshead star was one of only eight players to be offered a new contract by manager Steve Watson, who is looking to build a squad capable winning of the Vanarama National League North next term.

The 23-year-old played 37 times for York last season, scoring four goals.

Speaking about Green's departure, York assistant manager Micky Cummins said: "Kieran is a player we wanted to make part of our plans this season and we had offered an improved contract to.

"We have been in negotiations for around two weeks, but the fact is he wants to play at a higher level so we have to respect that.

"We thank him for last season, but now move on and look forward to having a few more fresh faces through the door by the end of the week."

York said in their statement: "The club would like to thank Kieran for his services to the club and wish him all the best in his future career."