YORK City's rebuild has continued with the signing of defender Kieran Kennedy.

The centre back becomes York's fifth signing of the summer after the arrivals of Robbie Tinkler, Scott Barrow, Jack Redshaw and Michael Duckworth as Steve Watson looks to form a side capable of winning the Vanarama National League North next season.

Like Duckworth, whose signing was announced earlier today, Kennedy boasts previous experience in the National League as well as in the Scottish Premiership.

The 26-year-old played for Manchester City and Leicester City at academy level - earning seven caps for the England Under-19s side during that time.

He moved to Motherwell in 2015 and, after a spell at AFC Fylde, he was a vital part of the Macclesfield Town side which won the National League in 2017-18.

Stints at Shrewsbury Town, Wrexham and Port Vale have come since, having been released by the latter this summer.

Kennedy said: "I’m delighted, I spoke to the gaffer before I signed and it’s a really ambitious club. 

"I had a few clubs interested but he told me about the future aspirations for the club and what the plan is for the next couple of seasons and as soon as he told me I was excited and sold on the club straight away.

"First and foremost, clean sheets is what any defender wants. I also like to get on the ball and play from the back.

"As long as you are on the pitch you are happy really but obviously it was good to play at (League) level and test yourself against the best but there’s players at every level who are capable of playing higher. 

On next season, he added: "I can’t wait, there’s everything in place now to push on and hopefully we can start that next season by getting promoted."