TEENAGE star Archie Whitfield has signed a new contract with York City for the 2021/22 season.

The 19-year-old was one of two players whose future was undecided when the club's retained list was released last week. The other, midfielder Michael Woods, is still in negotiations with York.

A versatile defender or midfielder, Whitfield has captained the youth team for the past two years under manager Tim Ryan and head of youth development Dan Wilson before he was handed his first professional deal at the start of last season by first-team boss Steve Watson.

Whitfield joined the Minstermen at under-16 level following a spell playing with local side Thirsk Falcons and the North Yorkshire FA Schools team.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to play (at the LNER Community Stadium) and get the opportunity to start playing football again.

“I’ve really enjoyed the men’s part of the game so I’m looking forward to playing more at that level.”

City's assistant manager Micky Cummins added: “First of all we liked his attitude, his energy and his desire to learn. As well as being a good lad, he came in and trained voluntarily when we had no games.

"There’s some good potential in the younger ones that we’ve signed. We are obviously going to have a younger squad and if they are up to speed and they show progression then we will have no worries in giving them the opportunity.

“For the club, it’s fantastic we can promote players from the academy who have been there since the early age groups – it shows that there is a pathway there and we are hopeful they can make a career in the game.”