Date: 2nd November 2017 at 4:17pm
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New signing Gary Martin declares himself a “winner” and aims to take maximum advantage of his short-term deal with York City.

The 27-year-old former Middlesbrough striker promises he’s fit and ready for action – and will remain with the Minstermen until the New Year before then honouring a contract he’s already signed with top-flight Norwegian outfit Lillestrom SK.

“Martin [Gray] rang me about a month ago,” Martin told BBC Radio York. “Obviously I’ve got a deal lined up in January to go and play back at one of my old teams. But this is an opportunity to come and play here for a few months, so I said ‘yes’. I’m from Darlington – and I’ve given Martin my word. Hopefully it’s the best of both worlds and I can help York and York can help me.

“I had him [Gray] at Darlington when I was fifteen and a kid – over ten years ago now,” he continued. “But every time I came home from abroad I was always training with Darlington when he was there. As soon as he rang me, [I thought] it’s good for me to be training every day and not just sat doing nothing for a couple of months.

“This is a huge club. York City should not be where they are,” Martin insisted. “When I was growing up as a kid York were always a League One or League Two team. So they need to get back where they belong and hopefully I can help them and they can help me with my fitness.

“My deal [with Lillestrom] is already signed and starts January 1st. I can play nine games for York – and hopefully we win all nine. I’m a winner, I want to win and Martin’s a winner. So it’s two months of hard work for me and hopefully I can hep York and push them back up the league.”

Video Link: York City FC

Audio Link: BBC Radio York