FINLAY BARNES becomes the second player of the day to mutually cancel his York City contract.

Following on from the announcement that Sam Sanders would leave the club by mutual consent, York have confirmed that a second player will leave the club permanently.

Barnes departs York after a single season with the club, having joined for an undisclosed fee from Leiston in the Summer of 2023.

The 23-year-old would have to wait until January 2024 until making his debut as a substitute against Hartlepool United, despite impressing during City’s pre-season campaign.

He would go on to make six first-team appearances for the Minstermen, featuring mainly under former boss Neal Ardley.

Barnes’ playing time would be taken up by loan moves to both Darlington and Scarborough Athletic in the Vanarama National League North.

The playmaker would make six appearances in a struggling Darlington side, bagging two goals in his spell with the Quakers.

A second loan spell would follow to Scarborough, where Barnes would feature 21 times under former York player Jonathan Greening, netting four times.

Barnes and Sanders both leave the LNER Community Stadium after co-chair Matt Uggla previously confirmed to the York Hospital Radio podcast that players would have to leave, in order for new faces to come in.