STRIKER Will Davies has seen his York City contract terminated with immediate effect after just seven months at the club.

The 25-year-old forward joined the Minstermen on a long-term deal in November, having made an impressive start to the season with Vanarama National League South side Braintree Town amid their promotion-winning campaign.

Davies netted eight times in 15 appearances for the Iron, but though making 20 appearances for City under both Neal Ardley and Adam Hinshelwood, he failed to live up to early promise, scoring just five times during his 20 matches.

That was despite the striker marking his first start with a goal against Oxford City at the LNER Community Stadium, taking home the Man of the Match as the Minstermen claimed a much-needed 2-0 victory.

He also found the back of the net in the reverse fixture in January, with his injury-time strike snatching three points for Ardley’s side at the death. His other goals came against Oldham Athletic, Maidenhead United and Gateshead.

Davies – who also scored 53 goals in 124 appearances with Leiston before his move to the sixth tier – spent the end of the season on loan with fellow Vanarama National League side Bromley.

There, he made six appearances for Andy Woodman’s side as they earned promotion to the EFL for the first time in their 132-year history with a dramatic 4-3 penalty shootout victory against Solihull Moors at Wembley.

He becomes the third player to depart the Minstermen over the last seven days, with defender Sam Sanders linking up with former City boss John Askey at Truro City, and midfielder Fin Barnes joining newly-promoted Braintree Town.