YORK CITY boss Jackie McNamara is hopeful he can keep hold of right-back Luke Hendrie until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old has joined the Minstermen on a month's loan from Burnley and will be available for City's next three matches.

Hendrie, whose father John is the former Middlesbrough and Leeds player, joined The Clarets in the summer before making three appearances on loan for Hartlepool United in October.

McNamara has plumped for the former Bradford and Manchester United youth as he bids to solve a problem on the right side of his defence and believes he may now have found the answer.

"It's good for both sides. He is just coming back from an injury. He trained yesterday and I was impressed with him," he said.

"Luke had a little spell at Hartlepool and did well. We are delighted to get him and, hopefully, we can extend it to the end of the season."

On Hendrie's qualities, he added: "It is his attitude and desire. He wants to play. He has got good pace in defence and that has been a problem for us. Teams have targeted that area against us.

"Hopefully, he can come in and, for me, he is not too young. Luke has played a few games at Hartlepool and done well.

"We are getting someone that has experience in the league and he is ready to play. He has got a good pedigree with his father being a fantastic footballer. It's a good gene pool."

After completing a scholarship at Old Trafford and appearing for England at Under-16 and U17 level, he signed a one-year professional contract but, after failing to make the breakthrough to the first team, he joined Derby County in 2013.

Following two years with the Rams’ development squad, Hendrie left for Burnley.

Aside from his arrival, McNamara revealed he has been bringing potential loan players to the club for a couple of days to first see how they perform in training and interact with the rest of the squad.

He explained: "Some others have come in and trained with us and another couple are to come in over the next couple of days.

"We are just trying to do it differently from what we have done before.

"It is easier to see what we are getting.

"It's not just to see if they are good enough. We can see them as people and they can understand and integrate with the rest of the squad and make sure things are happy for both of us.

"We are not just taking a player on trial and then sending him back. We are trying to make sure they are the right fit for us - rather than taking them and then not playing them."

McNamara added his delight at the capture of Kenny McEvoy, who has joined the Minstermen on a permanent basis after leaving Tottenham Hotspur and said both parties would assess the situation at the end of the season.

"The most important thing is we kick on in the league just now," he said.

But he confirmed there would be more additions on the way sooner rather than later as he plots York City's rise up the League Two ladder.

"We need to strengthen a couple of areas," McNamara said.