SAM Sanders hopes to re-establish himself in York City’s first-team next season.

Sanders played a starring role as York defeated Boston United 2-0 in 2022 to gain promotion back to the Vanarama National League, ending a five-year stay in regional football.

After helping City reach the fifth tier, Sanders opted to make his then-loan spell from Nottingham Forest permanent, linking back up with the Minstermen.

However, after the sacking of John Askey that November and the appointment of David Webb, Sanders found it hard to break back into the first eleven, before only making one appearance in a loan spell with Boston United.

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Sanders would have hoped to break back into Mikey Morton’s team at the beginning of the 2023/24 season, but was instead sent to the South of England, joining Truro City on a season-long loan with no recall clause within his contract.

Sanders made 27 appearances in a disruptive campaign with the Cornwall-based outfit, but felt that the loan spell was one racked with experiences, which could prove vital in returning to York.

“It was a really good loan spell, but it was quite tough,” Sanders told The Press.

“As people might know, Truro didn’t have a home to play at so we were travelling miles on miles, and Truro is quite far for me as it is.

“It was a good experience in that aspect and I also got a lot of game time down there, so it was also good to get some more game time under my belt.

“It was really good down there. It’s a good team, a good set of lads and I hope that they do well for themselves next season.

“I’m hoping that I can come back into pre-season with a new manager that hasn’t really seen me play at York.

“I’m hoping to make a good first-team impression to help me get back into the squad and push on.”