York City’s new signing Alex Harris left Scotland because he believes the time is right to try and make a name for himself south of the border, report the York Press.

Harris was regarded as one of his country’s brightest prospects when he played in Hibernian’s 3-0 Scottish Cup final defeat to Celtic in 2013 at the age of 18. Now 24, his career has stalled somewhat with three consecutive seasons at Scottish Championship level, playing for the likes of Queen of the South, Hibs and Falkirk.

But the ex-Scotland under-19 international has now swapped those familiar pastures for life in the English game’s regionalised sixth tier and is looking to build on a goalscoring debut for the Minstermen during last weekend’s 5-0 FA Cup second qualifying round victory over Ashton Athletic.

On his reasons for moving to North Yorkshire, Harris explained: “I signed for Falkirk last season and I thought the club would be trying to win promotion, but we got off to a disappointing start. A couple of managers then came and went, and I found myself not getting much game-time towards the end of the season.

“The manager told me I wouldn’t be in his plans going forward and I accepted that. I need to play games at my age and be somewhere where I feel wanted.”

Read more: www.yorkpress.co.uk

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