Date: 6th October 2017 at 1:48pm
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Manager Martin Gray has promised a high-tempo and attacking approach going into the weekend arrival of promotion rivals Brackley Town to Bootham Crescent.

The former Darlington chief takes charge of the Minstermen for the first time following him succeeding the dismissed Gary Mills in the role last Sunday.

“We’re going to play very high-tempo, attacking football,” Gray told BBC Radio York. “We want to excite the crowd and give them something to shout about.

“It’s going to be a tough game because Brackley are a very, very good team in this league,” he warned. “They’ve done ever so well this season – in the FA Cup as well.

“Last season they should have probably finished in the play-offs. The big FA Cup run they had probably hampered them towards the back end of the season.

“It won’t be an easy game but is a game we’re really looking forward to. We’re at home and have got to make sure we put in a fantastic performance with loads of energy.”

Meanwhile, Gray believes his first signing for York, former Darlington midfielder or left-back David Ferguson, will prove a key acquisition.

“He’s got good experience at this level and higher,” he continued. “As a 19-20 year-old he played and captained Blackpool in the Championship. He dropped out of the game and we [Darlington] picked him up very, very quickly.

“He went on to represent England at ‘C’ level – captain as well. He’s a leader and winner and knows exactly what I’m about, and I think he’ll be a great asset to the football club.”

Gray has though denied any approach for Quakers’ goalkeeper and former City trialist Adam Bartlett – but was remaining hopeful of making further additions prior to this weekend’s clash.

“At this moment in time we’re in contact with lots of clubs, agents and players, and we’re trying to get one or two [more] in for tomorrow still,” he added.

Defender Josh Law has recovered from a groin strain in time to feature this weekend but fellow full-back Alex Whittle is doubtful with a similar condition.

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Audio Link: BBC Radio York