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Fringe players set for loan deals

By Ian Appleyard | 9th November 2017

York City manager Martin Gray is willing to allow more fringe players to leave the club on loan before Saturday's game at Alfreton Town (kick-off 3pm).

On loan goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell has returned to his parent club Leeds United and other departures may be in the pipeline.

Gray has strengthened his squad this week with the permanent acquisitions of Darlington goalkeeper Adam Bartlett and Torquay United striker James Gray.

The proposed transfer of Simon Heslop, however, has collapsed and the midfielder is still training at Wigginton Road.

Winger Connor Smith and teenage goalkeeper Ryan Whitley are already out on loan at Whitby Town and defender Sam Muggleton is on loan at Boston United.

"We have got to look to move players on or out on loan," said Gray. "I am very conscious of the support I have got from the chairman. He gave us fantastic support to make the Bartlett deal happen but we have got to be conscious that there will be one or two players looking to go out on loan, hopefully before the weekend."

Commenting on the change in goalkeepers, Gray said: "In my opinion, Bartlett is the best in this league and the league above as well. He has got great experience, calmness, and understanding of the game.

"Bailey has now gone back but I am really thankful for the support we have had from Leeds. I believe he will go on to become a top goalkeeper.

"Coming on loan at a young age is an eye-opener," Gray added. "He will probably go on loan once or twice more in the future and it will benefit the kid going forward. He has been smashing (to work with) and he will go on to do very well."

Midfielder Heslop, meanwhile, was dropped for last weekend's victory over Curzon Ashton after expressing a desire to join another club. That deal has broken down this week and Heslop is unlikely to be involved in Saturday's game.

"He's no problem around the club. If he was, we would be having a different conversation," said Gray. "He's come in and trained very well.

"The deal he had on the table is no longer on the table with the club he was going to. That doesn't help anybody. He made it quite clear that he didn't want to play for York City."

Looking ahead to Saturday's league game, Gray said: "It's a massive game at Alfreton. They have strengthened their squad since I last came across them and it won't be an easy fixture.

"But the name of the game now is consistency. We have got to get a run together to allow us to kick-on. The priority is getting another win and we are not going there with any other mindset."

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