Returning York City striker Jake Wright turned down the chance to play a division higher with neighbours Harrogate Town because of their 3G pitch.

Wright, who was part of Harrogate’s promotion-winning National League North squad last season, feared the long-term impact continuing to train and play on an artificial surface might have on his body and career.

Reasoning that he didn’t want to compromise his footballing longevity, the 21-year-old forward instead agreed a two-year contract with the Minstermen, who he also hopes to lead into the National League next season.

“It was a big and difficult decision for me, as I had a few options,” Wright said of his decision to stay in sixth-tier football. “But, truthfully, the massive factor in my decision to come to York was to play on a grass pitch again.

“The artificial pitch at Harrogate suited my game a lot but, as a young lad, you don’t want to be playing and training on them week in, week out. It was taking a toll on my body and people say they can shorten your career.”

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