OLLY DYSON will be remaining at York City until 2024 after agreeing a new two-year contract with the club.

Dyson signed for York in 2020 after his release from Huddersfield Town and made 38 appearances in City's Vanarama National League North promotion season last term, scoring twice.

The 22-year-old is naturally an attacking midfielder but displayed his versatility as a right-winger, right-midfielder and right-back during the previous campaign.

John Askey revealed that Dyson is one of at least 17 players set to commit to the Minstermen ahead of next season in the National League, with three other squad members already confirmed.

“We’ve got up to 17 players now that should be signing,” noted the manager. “We haven’t been able to announce each one, because we can’t do that until next month (July 1).

“Olly signed again, so we are making inroads. It gives us wiggle room to bring in more players and we haven’t got to rush into anything.

“I’m pleased with where we are at the moment, it’s been productive over the last two or three weeks.

“(We’re looking for) players who are going to work hard, are decent characters and (whether) they’ll fit into the way we want to play.

“Obviously, we’ve got a certain way we like to play and next season we might have to adjust slightly, (so) players that are adaptable, as well.

“Those are the things, people that want to improve and win things.”

The vast majority of York’s squad from their last campaign were on one-year contracts, such is the expectation of sixth-tier football.

Having seen 17 players depart, Askey has a large portion of his team to rebuild, but insisted that seeking new players is something done throughout the term.

“You’re always looking (for new players) and it’s the most important time when the season finishes," he said.

“Even though I’ve been on holiday, that doesn’t stop me from working.

“As I say, these last two or three weeks, we’ve managed to get the signings that we wanted and hopefully that makes us stronger than what we were last season.

“(The) majority (of signings) have put pen to paper and the majority are due in the next two days, so everything’s been agreed.

“It’s just a matter of them coming up and signing. Hopefully, none fall through.”

City have only announced the acquisition of one new player thus far, securing the signature of 32-year-old striker Scott Boden.

Boden joined the Minstermen earlier this month from Boreham Wood, with whom he scored 11 goals in the National League last season.

“Scott’s a good footballer,” enthused Askey. “And he’s been playing at this level for a number of years.

“He’s got a lot of experience, holds the ball up well and he’s got an eye for goal.”

Currently, York have just four registered, senior players in Paddy McLaughlin, Maxim Kouogun and the aforementioned Boden and Dyson.

Askey, though, is looking to vastly strengthen his squad in preparation for pre-season, which kicks off against Middlesbrough on July 8 (7pm).

When asked if, ideally, he could have two players for each position, Askey replied: “That’s what we’re hoping for.

“We want at least 22 and then we’ve got younger lads who can help out in training.

“If we get the 22 at the start of the season, it leaves a bit in the budget so that if someone becomes available, we can still do business.”

Many of the most impactful players for Askey last term were on loan at York, such as striker Lenell John-Lewis, centre-back Sam Sanders and midfielder Mitch Hancox.

Four other pivotal members of Askey’s side, such as winger Maziar Kouhyar, have been offered contracts but have not been confirmed as returning players as yet.

City’s three most crucial loanees have been released by their parent clubs, something Askey is hoping to profit from.

“We’re looking to re-sign them,” he stated.

“Hopefully, if things go well, they’ll be part of it again this season.

“We’re still in talks with Maz and we’re hoping that he’ll be another one who signs, he was popular last season and hopefully we’ll be working with him again.”