Vanarama National League newcomers York City have completed the signing of defender Alex Whittle.

The 23-year-old put pen-to-paper on a one-year deal with the option of a second year at Bootham Crescent, and becomes manager Jackie McNamara’s fifth signing of the summer after Jack Higgins, Richard Brodie and youngsters Nick Kennedy and Tyler Walton all ycfcagreed deals in North Yorkshire ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.

Whittle began his career with Liverpool at the age of six but after spending eleven years with the Merseyside club, he was released in 2011 and went on to join the Glenn Hoddle Academy in Spain and the Nike Football Academy for the 2011/12 campaign.

During this time, the youngster featured as a triallist for Brighton & Hove Albion, Heart of Midlothian and Dunfermline Athletic, before going on to sign for the latter on a three-year deal in 2012.

It was with the Pars that Whittle was converted from a winger into a left-back and went on to make ninety-nine appearances for the East End Park outfit before departing at the end of his contract in 2015.

A trial followed with Hartlepool United that same summer but in September 2015, the defender signed for National League North side AFC Fylde, a club for whom he would score against League One side Millwall in an FA Cup tie in November.

Following a short spell with the Lancashire outfit, Whittle moved up a division to join National League outfit Southport in March and played a crucial part in their run to safety.


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