JOSH KING has joined Morpeth Town following his release from York City.

King was one of 14 players to be released by York in May following City's promotion through the Vanarama National League North play-offs.

The defender has now found a new club in Pitching In Northern Premier League premier division promotion contender Morpeth.

Town finished 10th in the seventh tier last season, placing 10 points outside the play-off places.

King joined York in 2019 from Carlisle United Park View Academy and made just five appearances for City last season.

The move sees King return to the North East club, having joined on loan shortly before the coronavirus pandemic outbreak.

“I had one training session, I got told I was starting on the Saturday and then the season came to an end because of the Covid lockdown restrictions, which was very disappointing,” he recalled.

“But I am excited for the challenge now. I know how Morpeth want to play and I believe it suits my playing style.

“I don’t mind getting stuck in and doing the harder side but when I can but I like to play attacking football.

“Every player wants promotion and that’s what we are aiming for and more than capable of it.”

Morpeth manager Craig Lynch added: “I’m delighted to get Josh signed.

“I’ve known Josh since he was 16 and he was due to come to us on loan before Covid so it’s been a long time coming.

“He’s a player who has been a part of the York promotion squad which is valuable experience within a winning mentality.

“He’s a young lad who is comfortable playing in multiple positions and will be a valuable player for us who will only get better.”

King could make his Morpeth debut when the Highwaymen begin their new season against Warrington Town on Saturday, August 13 (3pm).