Departing goalkeeper Adam Bartlett believes York City’s future will be bright with Ryan Whitley between the sticks and Steve Watson at the helm, York Press report.
Bartlett has decided to move on from Bootham Crescent to pursue a career in sales and play part-time football in the Northern League.
But, after turning down a new deal with the Minstermen, the 33-year-old net-minder is convinced his long-time teenage understudy can shine for his home-town club if he agrees to a new contract extension.
“He is very assured, composed and level-headed and has all the attributes to be a top keeper.
“I was lucky enough to play in the Football League during my career and Ryan is destined to head that way – how high that will be is up to him.
“He has a fantastic chance as long as he keeps doing things right and, hopefully, he will get there with York City but, if not, the club should reap the rewards with a little bit of cash.”