YORK City have confirmed that midfielder Akil Wright will be leaving the club this summer to join a team in the Football League.

Wright was offered a new contract by York after the expiration of his deal last season, but he has since decided to move further up the football pyramid.

Wright joined City from Wrexham in 2020 and went on to establish himself as a first-team calibre player.

The 26-year-old was ever present for the Minstermen as they sealed promotion to the Vanarama National League last term.

He appeared in 40 games across the course of the campaign while also playing all three of York’s play-off matches, finishing the term with six goals.

The former Wrexham and Barrow man placed second in last season’s Clubman of the Year rankings behind Pete Jameson, receiving 12-percent of the fan votes.

Wright was a physical presence in the City midfield, putting in several man of the match performances as he helped the team in both attack and defence.

His quality was recognised by the National League North who named him in their team of the season which was announced last week.

Confirming his departure, Wright said on social media: “Thank you to everyone associated with York City Football Club, a chance to prove myself and play in the Football League was never going to be easy to turn down.

“I’ve loved the last two seasons playing for this special club.

“The club took me in during a tough time during COVID and gave me a chance to enjoy my football again and for that I’ll always be truly grateful.

“The last season will always be one I’ll remember, I’m glad to have been a part of a promotion winning team this season and give the fans something to cheer and be proud of, something which they deserve.

“(I have) met so many nice people during my time here and played with a top group of lads, one of the best changing rooms I’ve ever been a part of. Friends in football are hard to come by and I’ve definitely made a lot from my time here.

“Lastly, to all the management team staff, teammates and fans, thanks for everything and I wish you all the best for the future.”