FORMER York City trialist James Weir has retired from professional football aged just 28. 

Weir was on trial with York at the beginning of the 2023/24 season, featuring in City's pre-season friendly victory over Garforth Town in a 4-1 win. 

York boss Mikey Morton opted not to offer Weir a contract, with the midfielder instead making the move abroad to Slovakia, joining FC ViOn Zlate Moravce in the country's top tier after the Minstermen helped the 28-year-old to gain fitness through pre-season training.

Weir had played in numerous countries throughout his career, having spells with Manchester United, Hull City, Wigan Athletic and Bolton Wanderers when featuring in England. 

Moves abroad saw Weir play his football in both Slovakia with FC ViOn Zlate Moravce and FK Pohronie, with a spell in Hungary too whilst starring for MTK Budapest in the Hungarian top tier. 

Weir also celebrated winning back-to-back under-21's Premier League titles when progressing through the Manchester United academy, and earned one cap for the England under-19's team, featuring alongside the likes of John Stones, Jordan Pickford and James Ward-Prowse.

Weir revealed the news on his Instagram page, stating: "Life update. After a lot of thought and consideration I’ve decided to hang up my boots professionally.

"A bitter sweet moment, but I can look back on my career with happy memories.

"Despite my injuries I’ve met some incredible people, forged life-long relationships and travelled the world doing what I love.

"Huge thank you to family, friends, coaches, teammates and fans who’ve all helped me on my journey.

"Through the highs, lows and everything in between, I’ve lived my dream. I’m excited in the pursuit of living my next dream away from the beautiful game."