STRIKER Jon Parkin has completed his move from Newport County AFC to former club York City.

York manager Gary Mills revealed last night that the 6ft 4in forward, who turns 35 next month, was set to arrive at Bootham Crescent initially on loan before completing a permanent deal in January.

Parkin, who has scored four goals this season but has been injured since October 22, previously played for York between 2002 and 2004.

And the move has been completed this afternoon.

A statement on the York website reads: "York City have this afternoon completed the signing of experienced striker Jon Parkin from Sky Bet League Two side Newport County AFC.

"The 34-year-old has signed a loan deal until January, before penning a permanent contract until the end of the season, with the option of a further year."

County posted the news on Twitter this afternoon, adding: "The club recognises Jon has family in the north and geographically it makes sense.

"Newport County AFC would like to wish Jon all the best for the future."

Last night Mills told BBC Radio York: “Jon Parkin will be signing for us subject to a medical.

“We’ve managed to get him to come to us and we need some men up there in attack.

“He’s experienced and a great character, who I’m sure will give all the players a lift when he comes into the dressing room.

“He will give us something a bit different and he knows this league and understands the game, including when to get in front of your man and get a foul, rather than giving one away.

“I’m looking forward to having him here because you know, if the ball goes into the box, whether it’s from a set-piece or in general play, he has the presence to win it and score goals.

“He’s looking forward to coming here too and the challenge of where we are doesn’t frighten him.

“He’s told me it inspires him, because he wants to help us out of it and I’m sure he will.”

The Minstermen, who also have ex-County players Danny Holmes and Yan Klukowski on their books, are currently 23rd in the National League - four points from safety.