MITCH HANCOX revealed that he has been ‘trying to get out of York’ City for quite some time now after completing a short-term loan switch to Hartlepool United.

Hancox has made just two substitute appearances this season after struggling to break into the York first-team, despite having made 68 appearances across the last two seasons with City.

The midfielder has joined Hartlepool on a deal until Saturday, January 6 and re-unites with former City manager John Askey.

“I’ve been trying to get out of York for a while because I’ve needed to get games,” Hancox revealed to the Hartlepool media team.

“I’ve had restricted playing time this year unfortunately. But when I heard the news I spoke to the gaffer and thankfully we got the move done.

“It’s a club in the same league which I wanted – I had interest from the league below and a couple in this league, but it’s full-time, it’s a big club.

“As soon as I heard the news late last week I was eager to get it done.

"I’ve worked with the gaffer before so I’m just excited and happy to be here now.

“It’s hard in football to find someone who trusts you.

"I know they’re ambitious and they want to try and get towards the play-off spots.

“This is the third time I’ll be working with him (Askey) now.

“I’ve worked with him twice and we’ve had two promotions. When I was at Macclesfield we won the National League, which was an unbelievable season, and then two years ago at York we went up via the play-offs.

"So I know what he’s all about, and what he brings.

“He’s a very good manger, so hopefully I can help the club step in the right direction in getting towards the play-offs.”