Nathan Doyle has ended the speculation about his future by committing himself to a further season with City.

The midfielder, who had been out of contract, followed in the footsteps of Carl McHugh by signing a new one-year deal.

Doyle, 26, had been linked with a move away from Valley Parade – with Huddersfield boss Mark Robins rumoured to be keen.

He played in 52 of City’s 64-game promotion campaign after rejoining the club last August. Doyle had previously spent half a season on loan at Valley Parade during Colin Todd’s reign.

He can also perform in different roles – a useful asset for the tight squad that Phil Parkinson favours. As well as playing alongside Gary Jones in central midfield last term, Doyle also filled in at centre half and right back.

Parkinson said: “We’re pleased that he has signed. Nathan was a key performer for us last season and he adds great versatility and quality to the squad.”

But Will Atkinson has followed Matt Duke and Zavon Hines out the City exit door.

The midfielder confirmed he had left after 18 months at the club.

Atkinson said on Twitter: "I had a great time and so many great memories from last year. Thanks to all the fans that made it so special."

Atkinson, who initially joined City on loan from Hull, played 57 games last season and scored three goals. He was outstanding in the Capital One Cup win over Arsenal.