JON McLaughlin has officially left City following the arrival of Jordan Pickford on loan.

The 26-year-old stopper is set to sign for a League Two club – thought to be Burton.

The departure of the long-serving keeper ends a six-year link with Valley Parade after he was signed by Stuart McCall in May 2008. He has previously been training with them while playing for both Harrogate clubs.

McLaughlin had to bide his time to become first choice but went on to make 145 appearances.

He shared goalkeeping duties with Matt Duke during the promotion season but returned to the side for the late charge which saw them into the play-offs. He kept a clean sheet in the 3-0 Wembley win over Northampton in the final.

McLaughlin played every game last season in League One and kept 14 clean sheets – the seventh best record in the division.

He turned down City’s initial contract offer but had continued to train with them and played in all three of the pre-season games so far.

Phil Parkinson said: "Jon has been a great servant to the club and we would have ideally liked to see him stay.

"But financial constraints mean it hasn't been possible to strike a deal that is right for both parties."