Date: 9th November 2017 at 3:35pm
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New goalkeeper Adam Bartlett explained that a change in his personal circumstances finally prompted a delayed move to York City earlier this week.

The 31-year-old former Blyth Spartans, Kidderminster Harriers, Hereford United, Gateshead and Hartlepool United shot-stopper arrived on an eighteen-month deal from National League North rivals Darlington for an undisclosed fee.

He’d already been the subject of recent interest from his former Quakers boss Martin Gray following his own switch to York five weeks ago, although those initial attempts to take the one-time City trialist back to Bootham Crescent proved unsuccessful.

“I’d been full-time with Hartlepool the last couple of seasons and I kind of changed roles around,” Bartlett told BBC Radio York. “In March last year I got a job at Middlesbrough as academy coach and I’d been coaching previously part-time at Newcastle Academy.

“It was always something I wanted to do, so took the opportunity to do that and thought I would try my hand at playing part-time as well. But unfortunately after six months due to a few personal circumstances it didn’t quite work out at Middlesbrough.

“For the last few months I’ve been back at Newcastle part-time again while playing part-time at Darlington,” he continued. “Just on a personal level things weren’t quite working out as I wanted them to and Martin [Gray] knows a lot about this and has been great behind the scenes with me.

“He’s really been a great support and help to me and obviously wanted me to come here – and it’s taken a few weeks longer than maybe we would have liked but it’s happened and I’m delighted to be here.

“I’m not going to be coaching anymore when I’m contracted to York City. That’s going to be my main focus for the next eighteen months and I’m just looking forward to the challenge ahead.”

Audio LInk: BBC Radio York