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Defender joins Minstermen on loan

By Ian Appleyard | 28th November 2017

York City have today signed centreback Jonny Burn on loan from League One side Bristol Rovers.

Burn, 22, started his career in Sunderland's Academy before turning professional with north-east neighbours Middlesbrough.

During his three year stay at the Riverside Stadium, Burn gained first team experience playing on loan for both Oldham Athletic and Kilmarnock.

He signed for Bristol Rovers in January and has played four times for the Pirates this season.

Manager Martin Gray said: "He's a centre-half who I first watched when he was captaining Middlesbrough's Under-23s. He's a leader, he is very aggressive, but he can also play as well.

"Our centre-halves have done well but, if one got injured or suspended, I didn't really feel there was any back-up. It's only healthy for competition to have an extra body in there. Hopefully, it will benefit all of us," Gray added.

Burn's initial deal with the Minstermen expires on January 6 and he will go straight into the squad for Saturday's Vanarama National League North game at Boston United.

"Hopefully I can push York into the play-offs and get promoted. That's the aim," said Burn. "I am a strong centre-half and I like to play - but only when the time is right. I win most of my headers so I can bring quite a lot to the team.

"I was at Middlesbrough for three years. It was a really good experience. It hasn't really worked out at Bristol Rovers so I am here at York now and I can't wait to get going on Saturday.

"We will see what happens in January," he added. "Obviously, if I am doing well and I am playing week-in, week-out, I would think about a permanent move."

Watch footage from today's training session and interviews with both Jonny and Martin Gray by clicking the link below:

 

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