YORK City have bolstered their striking options ahead of tomorrow's National League North match at Salford City by taking Torquay United striker James Gray on a 28-day loan deal.

The former Northern Ireland Under-21 international, now 25, goes straight into namesake Martin Gray's squad.

The 5ft 10in forward, who was born in Yarm, started his career in Middlesbrough’s youth ranks and turned out 11 times for Darlington and nine for Kettering Town before stepping back into the Football League with Accrington Stanley in August 2012 and breaking his scoring duck.

He spent three years in League Two football - scoring 16 goals in 46 starts, including three in seven during a spell on loan at Northampton Town.

He joined Wrexham for the 2015-16 season and scored seven goals in 15 starts.

Last season, Gray played for both Southport and Irish club Glenavon, albeit making only 20 appearances in all, before joining National League side Torquay United this summer.

He has notched two goals in 13 appearances for the Gulls, six of which have come off the bench, the last as a late substitute in a 4-0 win over Maidenhead at Plainmoor on October 3.