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Gray hails character of 'Heed' trio

By Ian Appleyard | 10th May 2018

Martin Gray has hailed the 'character' of his three new arrivals and explained his admiration for the Gateshead dressing room.

The City manager has moved quickly to secure the services of winger Wes York, striker Jordan Burrow, and midfielder Russ Penn - who have all parted company with the up-for-sale Vanarama National League club.

Gray also made personal checks on the players before the end of the season and spoke with 'The Heed's' former boss Neil Aspin - who he played with for two seasons at Darlington before moving into management.

"I have got great links with the previous manager up there - who I have played with in the past - and he speaks very, very well about the changing room and how good the changing room was and how good these players were for him," said Gray. "We have watched them personally and had good feedback from various people in the game.

"They are the right type of people. That's what it's all about," he said. "Not just ability but being the right characters on-and-off the pitch."

Gray, meanwhile, says he is delighted with the club's progress so far this summer in the transfer market.

"We started this process months back and these were always priorities. We have also got one or two that we are speaking to at this moment in time - like every club is.

"But it's nice to get three players signed, who are committed, who have come from the league above, who have all been promoted out of this league, who have great desire.

"They see the project that we have in place here and are very excited about the long-term future of the football club. It's just great from a manager's point-of-view to get some business done with the right players as soon as the season is finished."

As reported yesterday, striker Alex Kempster has signed a new contract at Bootham Crescent, and Gray said: "He's a kid for the future. I think he needs his first full-time pre-season and he has been given a programme to try and get some strength. But he's got all the attributes we are looking for and, hopefully, he will improve in a full-time environment next season."

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