York City boss Martin Gray has tipped new loan signing Alex Pattison to have a big future in the game.
The 20-year-old, who has just recently made a comeback from injury, has signed a one-month youth loan with the Minstermen, and Gray believes the Darlington-born midfielder has the potential to climb up the football ladder.
“Alex has been at Middlesbrough for ten or eleven years and is very, very highly thought of,” he told York’s website. “I believe he will have a really big future in the game at a higher level.
“He is a very attacking minded midfield player and he has got a goal in his game, for sure.
“We have known about him for a long time,” Gray added. “He’s just come back from injury so I think it will benefit everybody. He will get the game-time that he needs and he will get the senior football that Academy players at that age need to experience.”
Pattison himself says he’s determined to earn vital experience in helping York return to the Football League.
“I am excited to be here. My aim is to win all the games, hopefully get some goals, and keep climbing that league,” he said. “This club shouldn’t be in this league – it needs to be back in league football.”
On his own situation, Pattison said: “I would have been looking to go out on loan in August but the (ankle) injury came in July. I was training with the first team and it was just unfortunate timing.
“I have been back for three weeks or so now, I have played three games, and I got my first 90 minutes in on Sunday which was good. I have come here for a month to try to get some games in and maybe get a (Football) League club in January.”
Pattison is eligible to make his debut for York when they face Kidderminster Harriers in the first round of the FA Trophy on Saturday.