Latest recruit Kallum Griffiths admits there was simply no way he could turn down the opportunity of a full-time professional contract with York City.
The 28-year-old has spent the past nine years with Spennymoor Town while approaching 400 senior games and collecting a host of trophies at The Brewery Field, including four league titles.
However, the popular right-back believes the time was right for a brand new challenge, and has already tasked himself with helping his new club towards promotion this coming season.
“It’s a hard one to turn down to go full-time and hopefully we can go on and get promotion,” Griffiths told York’s official YouTube channel. “I’ve been at Spennymoor for nine years and started in the Northern League. Won pretty much everything at that level. But I just think I need a new challenge and to go full-time was a chance I couldn’t refuse.
“I like to get the ball down and play but also I can turn the back four and whip a good cross in,” he explained. “I pride myself on not getting beat one-on-one and no crosses getting into the box.
“The club sells itself to be honest. They showed us round the training ground and here [Bootham Crescent]. I met a few of the backroom staff and York City speaks for itself. It’s a team that should be in league football, so anything but winning the league this year will be disappointing.”