This entitles him to leave the Minstermen on a free transfer, and reports say that he will sign for City after the weekend. Ironically, if he does join then his first game back between the Tigers' sticks could be against York on Saturday, if they are still in business.
The former Northern Irish international has been at York for almost 3 years, making 139 appearances in all competitions. This follows unsuccesful spells at Nottingham Forest and Blackburn since he left Boothferry Park 7 years ago. He played in over 150 games in his 4½-year Tigers career, and famously scored in two of those games whilst playing as a makeshift forward.
Meanwhile, Peter Taylor is also still thought to be on the lookout for a new striker after moves for Dean Windass and Andy Thomson fell through, and also a defender. Ex-Scunthorpe forward Jamie Forrester - currently of Northampton - is one name being mentioned, while Manchester United's David May could be set to join on loan.