YORK City midfielder David McDermott has moved to Telford with Bootham Crescent boss Gary Mills disappointed that the player was unable to play the “massive part” he expected him to this season.

McDermott, who turns 24 next month, has not managed a single senior appearance in 2011/12, having failed to break into the first team following a pre-season foot injury at Garforth.

The former Kidderminster playmaker has spent the first five months of the campaign with the Minstermen on a non-contract basis but Mills has decided it was time to part company with some reluctance, saying: “I kept David at the club because I was waiting for that little bit more to come from him.

“I know what he’s capable of but he’s had problems with illness and picked up that injury in pre-season that was a blow to him and to me. I had visions of him playing a massive part this season but that set him back.

“I wanted to give him every opportunity to show us what he could do, but we had a chat and it was the right thing for him and the club that he moved on. He needs to get his career going again and I spoke to Telford on his behalf because I like him and wanted to help so I wish him all the best.”

McDermott’s fellow non-contract signing Jon Challinor, meanwhile, has signed for City until the end of the season – as reported yesterday – with Mills pointing out that the ex-Kettering utility man is still a strong contender at right-back, as well as in his more recognised midfield role.

Republic of Ireland under-21 international Lanre Oyebanjo recently regained his place in City’s back four at the expense of Challinor, but the City chief added: “Jon was doing excellently for us.

“He hasn’t played for the last couple of games and we needed to sort him out contract wise to get his head sorted out but he’s agreed terms, which is excellent news.

“I thought he put in some exceptional performances at right back.

“I played at right-back myself and every part of his game – his defending, passing and joining in going forward – was excellent. That dropped off for a couple of games and he maybe cost us a couple of goals recently.

“He’s aware of that, hence why Lanre came in but he’s certainly still under consideration at right-back because he was playing as well as anybody in the division there a few weeks ago.”

Mills, meanwhile, moved to rubbish internet rumours linking the club with transfer window moves for Hereford midfielder Kenny Lunt and former Minsterman Luke Graham, now on Forest Green’s books.

“There’s no truth in either of those rumours and I don’t know where they come from,” the City boss added.

Meanwhile, former City striker Richard Pacquette is in line to face the Minstermen on Saturday after signing for Lincoln City.

• YORK Minstermen will hold their monthly general knowledge quiz tonight in Bootham Crescent’s Pitchside Bar.

It is £1 per person to enter with a maximum of five members to a team.

Prizes for the winning teams include beer, lager and drinks vouchers with the bar opening at 7pm and the quiz starting at 8.30pm.