Forest Green have agreed a deal to sign York City left-sided full-back Alex Whittle on a free transfer.

With prolific goal scorer Dayle Grubb having already put pen to paper on a move to The New Lawn from Weston-super-Mare earlier this month, 24-year-old Whittle becomes the clubs second bit of transfer business ahead of the January transfer window.

Whittle has agreed to sign until the end of the season, a move which will go through when the window opens on Monday, January 1.

“I’m buzzing about the move,” he  told the club website.

“I’ve been waiting to get the chance to play in the Football League so I’m delighted to get my chance.

“The philosophy of the style of play was a big selling factor for me. They always try to get the ball down and try and play.

“It worked well for them last season and I know they are trying to play that way again this season.

“I’ve just got to come in, work hard and I always give it my all and I hope to get my chance and take it.”

The left-sided player is a former Liverpool Academy youngster before being let go by the Premier League side at the start of 2011, having spent 11 years on the club’s books.

In 2012, at the age of 19, Whittle signed a three-year contract with Scottish side Dunfermline, having trained with the Glenn Hoddle Academy and the Nike Academy during his time as an unattached player.

After being released by Dunfermline at the end of the 2014-15 season, the Liverpudlian played for AFC Fylde and Southport before joining newly relegated York City in May 2016 on a one-year contract, with the option of a further year, which was taken up.

Now with Forest Green, Whittle, who was capped by England schools team, is looking to prove himself in the Football League and says he is up for the challenge.

“I like to get forward but as a 1-v-1 defender I am quick and confident with that side of my game as well,” he added.

“At Liverpool, it was hard for me to leave because they are a top club but I tried to establish myself up in Scotland with Dunfermline and enjoyed myself up there.

“I’ve come back down to England in the last few years and have done alright with York and I’m looking to kick on again now.

“I’ve always been waiting for a chance to get back into the League and hopefully I can take that.

“It will be a little bit of a step up but I am hoping I can adjust well.”