YORK City goalkeeper Ryan Whitley has left the club by mutual consent.

Whitley, a product of the York academy, has departed the club following the signing of goalkeeper George Sykes-Kenworthy from Bradford (Park Avenue) last week.

Sykes-Kenworthy’s arrival meant that City had five registered goalkeepers to their first-team squad with Maison Campbell already out on loan, with Whitley now departing by mutual consent.

Whitley signed his first professional deal with City at the age of 18, and has rose through the ranks to become York’s number two for the past three seasons.

The shot-stopper made 11 appearances this season, conceding 23 goals, following an injury to David Stockdale in August, before losing his spot to Rory Watson after back-to-back clean sheets against Needham Market in the Emirates FA Cup fourth qualifying round.

In total, Whitley made 27 National League appearances for the Minstermen, including a spell at the back end of last season which saw Whitley produce a captivating display against Notts County on the final day of the Vanarama National League season, helping City confirm safety in the division.

Whitley enjoyed multiple loan spells away from the club in his time in North Yorkshire, joining Whitby Town, South Shields, Scarborough Athletic, Boston United before returning to Scarborough at the beginning of the 2023/24 season.

The club said on social media: “The Football Club wishes to place on record our thanks to Ryan for his efforts during his stay with the Minstermen, and wish Ryan all the best in his future endeavours in football.”

Whitley commented on his departure, saying: "What a ride it’s been. Nearly 10 years at the club with its ups and downs but I have enjoyed my time here.

"Shared a changing room with some great guys but it’s time for a new chapter in my career!

"Wish everyone associated with the club the best."