SEAN NEWTON has been voted the York City Billy Fenton Memorial​ Clubman of the Year for the third time.

He received a significant majority of the fans' ballots, receiving 55 per cent of the vote.

The centre-back joins fellow defender Daniel Parslow for the most trophy wins, also scooping the award for the 2016/17 and 2018/19 campaigns.

Newton was also voted Player of the Season with a similar majority - 56 per cent - by readers of The Press, and was named in the National League North Team of the Season.

On winning the York award, Newton told City's website: "It's obviously a great feeling. I think I deserved it this year more than last year to be fair.

"I was involved in a very good team with good players and it made it easier for me to keep my performances at a good standard."

He added: "Team of the Year is a good one because it's voted for by all the clubs - it's good to be recognised.

"As I say, it was mainly down to the gaffer and my team-mates. They made it easy to go out and perform as best you can."

Keeper Pete Jameson came second, with 17.8% per cent of the vote and the 31-year-old was quick to credit man between the sticks for the 17 clean sheets throughout last season.

"There is some record for last season, I think we kept a lot last year, but if we can beat that it's something that me and Pistol (Pete Jameson) will definitely be looking to do," said Newton.

Looking ahead to the new season he said: "I'd like to chip in with at least five-plus goals and assists personally and as a team, there is only one goal there and everyone knows it."

Saturday saw York take on Whitby Town behind closed doors in their third outing of pre-season. The first was a 4-1 win at Newcastle United Under-23s, the second a 3-0 loss at South Shields.

But Newton has insisted the Mariners defeat was a valuable experience for York.

"The new lads are good," he commented. "Obviously Tuesday night (at South Shields) was tough - we've had three training sessions, they're ready to go next week.

"That was all about getting fitness and sharpness, learning quickly as a team what we need to do better. We'll take a lot more from that game than we will Newcastle Under-23s."

O n his preferred position for the coming campaign, Newton said: "I think I'll be left (side) more. I think I'm better there because I like to get forward as well as defending but if I need to play in the middle of a back three, I'm more than happy to.

"I did it last year when big Macca (Steve McNulty) was injured. I can play there but personally, I prefer to be left of the back three."