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VIDEO: Gaffer on Boston United trip

30th November 2017

York City manager Martin Gray spoke to the media ahead of Saturday's Vanarama National League North game at Boston United (kick-off 3pm).

Gray confirmed that centreback Jonny Burn will definitely start the game as City look to extend their unbeaten run to five games.

Burn has arrived on loan from Bristol Rovers this week while another centreback, Jassem Sukar, has been allowed to leave.

"It was good that we got it through on Tuesday as it enables him to train with us Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday," said Gray. "He will start - there is no question about that - and he will be more than ready."

On Sukar's departure, Gray said: "His contract was up in the New Year and I felt he wasn't affecting the squad. We have come to an agreement that he will move on."

Gray praised winger Aidan Connolly who was rested to the bench for last weekend's FA Trophy victory over Coalville Town before playing in the reserve game at Rotherham on Tuesday afternoon.

"I think he has been good since I came in and we have given him a new lease of life. Like everything, you want to see improvements all the time. He's always got to improve 'off the ball'.

"He's a typical 'game-changing' player. They are very hard to find but there is always a downside. I think he knows, the way I work, you have got to get better on both sides. That goes for everybody. We bang the drum very, very hard about the importance of what we do out of possession as well as in possession.

"But Aidan's got a great attitude and really, really wants to work hard," stressed Gray. "He wants to be a part of this club going forward. He has been great for us."

Gray revealed that defender Sam Muggleton had been able to offer an insight into Boston's strengths and weaknesses after recently spending a month on loan with the Lincolnshire club

"We have used his knowledge," Gray said. "It was very useful to get him back from being on loan and he has told me what they are all about."

Looking ahead to the game, Gray said: "We are in good form and we have got to make sure we stay in good form and come back with three points. You have got to earn the right to win games. If you don't, that's when you it catches you out."

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