Former Middlesbrough striker Gary Martin has ended a seven-and-a-half year exodus from the English game by joining National League North club York City on a short-term deal according to The Minstermen’s official website.

The 27-year-old Darlington born frontman has represented clubs in Hungary, Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Belgium since he failed to make the grade on Teesside with Boro.

Martin was handed a youth team scholarship (YTS) by Middlesbrough as a 17-year-old and the player went on to regularly represent the club at academy and reserve team levels. The striker was fielded in Boro’s first team in a couple of friendly matches but never made the step up to the squad for competitive matches.

The player’s first move overseas was a loan move to Hungarian club Upjest although Martin barely appeared for the club.

The striker left Boro in 2010 and joined Icelandic club Iþrottabandalag Akraness where he enjoyed two success-filled years. A three-year spell with KR Reykjavík followed before Martin moved on to play for Vikingur, Norwegian club Lillestrom and Belgian outfit Lokeren.

It has now been revealed that Martin has returned to the UK after becoming free agent and the player has joined National League North club York City. The striker is not expected to be at Bootham Crescent for long though with a return to former club Lillestrom in January thought to be have been agreed.

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