Date: 5th October 2017 at 7:32pm
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Darlington striker Nathan Cartman has wished his former manager Martin Gray well on moving to York City.

The diminutive 5ft 6ins ex-Harrogate Railway Athletic marksman bears absolutely no malice towards his latest boss despite being sent out on loan to Farsley Celtic earlier in the season.

He was also dropped for what proved Gray’s final game in charge, a 1-0 defeat at Curzon Ashton on Saturday.

“He did a fantastic job,” Cartman told the Northern Echo. “To get three promotions out of five seasons and two play-off positions is great.

“He’s moved on to a new challenge. It’s full-time which is what he wants,” he added. “It’s obviously the right time for Martin to go and chase his ambition.

“He rang me on Sunday to thank me for what I’ve done. We’ve had our disagreements, but that’s football. We’ve moved on.”

As part of the deal sending the 46-year-old to Bootham Crescent, the north-east club are to play York in a friendly next summer and be in receipt of all proceeds from the fixture.

Due to the terms of his contract, the Quakers would only have been entitled to an actual direct cash settlement if the former Sunderland and Oxford United midfielder had switched to a Football League club.

Meanwhile, speculation continues that Gray is attempting to take Darlo’s highly-rated midfielder David Ferguson and 6ft 5ins centre-forward Mark Beck along with him to North Yorkshire.