YORK City boss Billy McEwan has signed his first "30-something" player during his 16 months in charge of the KitKat Crescent club.

Seasoned campaigner Steve Bowey has completed his transfer to the Minstermen after first being linked with a move to North Yorkshire last week.

At 31, the former Queen of the South captain is the oldest player McEwan has recruited since taking the managerial reins at KitKat Crescent, discounting Greg Heald who changed his mind just three days after putting pen to paper for the Minstermen last summer.

City played the whole of last season without anybody over the age of 30 and McEwan is hoping that the former Bristol Rovers, Forest Green Rovers and Gateshead player will provide a reliable senior presence to the club.

He said: "He's an experienced player and we need a bit of experience. Manny Panther came down from Scotland last season and I still have contacts up there."

Bowey, who has scored 17 goals in 158 appearances during four-and-a-half years with First Division outfit Queen of the South, is McEwan's second summer signing after he swooped for former on-loan Minsterman Darren Craddock, released by Hartlepool at the end of last season.

The City manager is now hoping to complete the signing of David McGurk, who played 39 times for the KitKat Crescent club last season on loan from Darlington.

Press Player of the Year McGurk has signalled his preference to join City rather than sign an extended contract at League Two outfit Darlington.

The Quakers' boss, David Hodgson, is understood to want a fee for the 23-year-old defender but it would only be payable should City gain promotion from the Conference.

McEwan admitted he would be interested in bringing McGurk back to KitKat Crescent on a permanent basis and added: "He did very well here and the lad wants to come and join York.

"He liked it with us, got plenty of football, and improved and developed. I was pleased with his contribution and I will be discussing his situation with David Hodgson."

City will report back for pre-season training on Wednesday.

Former City loan striker Tcham N'Toya has signed for Notts County after being released by Chesterfield. He also spent some time last season on loan with Oxford United, who were relegated from the Football League.