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Martin aims to move City forward

By Ian Appleyard | 2nd November 2017

NEW signing Gary Martin is targeting nine wins from a possible nine games during his stay at York City.

The former Middlesbrough striker, 27, was released by Belgian club Lokeren last month and has already agreed to join Norwegian side Lillestrom SK on January 1.

Martin, however, has agreed to play for the Minstermen during the interim period and could be involved in seven league games and two FA Trophy ties.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's home game against Curzon Ashton in Vanarama National League North (kick-off 3pm), Martin said: "I have got a deal lined-up in January to go and play for one of my old teams but this is an opportunity to come and play for a few months.

"Martin Gray rang me four weeks ago - and Darlington have also been on the phone because I am from there - but I had given Martin my word and, hopefully, it will be the best of both worlds. I can help York and York can help me.

"The deal is already signed, it starts on January 1, but I can play nine games for York from now until the beginning of January and hopefully we can win all nine," he said. "That's the aim. I am a winner and I want to win. Martin is a winner. It's two months of hard work for me and, hopefully, I can help York and push them back up the league."

Released by Middlesbrough in 2010, Martin has spent the last seven years playing in Iceland, Hungary, Denmark, Norway, and Belgium with clubs including FC Ujpest, IA, Vendsyssel, KR Reykjavik, Vikingur, and Lillestrom SK.

"I went to Iceland for 10 games and ended up spending seven years there (in Europe)," he reflected. "You can't plan the future!

"It's nice to walk in every day and be in an English dressing room for the first time in seven years and understand what everybody is saying," he added. "I am happy to be here and happy to be home."

Martin says he will work hard to adjust to life in National League North after his exploits around the European leagues.

"This is going to very different for me. I am not going to lie. It's going to be very hard and I need to adapt back to the English way.  It's a learning curve.

"No disrespect, but it (the level) is not comparable to the Belgian League, (where) you have got Anderlecht, Standard Liege, Genk, top top teams playing Europa League and Champions League football.

"But I am not coming here just to have a little jolly-up," he stressed. "I am here to work hard and I am here to win games. It is going to be a completely different style of football but it is a challenge I need to take and it can only improve me as a player.

"I am looking forward to playing in front of English crowds and getting some English stick from the fans," he smiled. "I am looking forward to it because when they are shouting at you in a foreign language you don't know what they are saying!"

City manager Martin Gray has swooped for Martin after losing striker Louis Almond for several weeks with a dislocated shoulder suffered against Tamworth.

Commenting on the transfer coup, Gray said: "He's a goalscorer with pedigree and he is coming to us from a very high standard in the Belgian Championship. He's here on a short-term deal and hopefully he will give us the goals we are looking for.

"His work-rate is fantastic and people will see him at his best in two or three games time," he said. "They will see his intelligence as a footballer and see why he's played at the level he has played at."

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