STRIKER Mark Beck has left York City following the end of his loan spell from Harrogate Town.

Beck was signed by former York manager Steve Watson in the summer on a deal until January and has since been a regular starter for City this season.

The 27-year-old has featured in 23 of York’s 25 matches this term, starting in 19 of those, and scoring six goals in the process.

Under City’s interim manager John Askey, Beck has started the previous six matches, scoring the winning goals in matches against Blyth Spartans and Matlock Town.

Speaking about returning to his parent club, Beck told the Harrogate Advertiser: “It’s nice to be wanted back and not to be told that I’m going out on loan again.

“I think that York were keen to extend my time there a bit longer but, as the parent club, Harrogate have the final say and they’ve made the decision that they want me to come back.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing all the lads again.”

Reflecting on his time with the Minstermen, Beck added: “I’m quite pleased with how I did.

“I finished with six goals in all competitions and I feel I should have had a few more, but playing games was the big thing.”

Beck’s return to Harrogate - as well as the departure of Jason Gilchrist to Buxton last month - may now see Askey look for further reinforcements in his forwards to complement strikers Kurt Willoughby and Clayton Donaldson.

At present, York still have loanees Kieran Wallace, Remy Longdon and Mitch Hancox to call upon.