Trialist Alex Kempster landed a professional contract with York City after hitting a hat-trick on his debut for the club’s reserves.

The Whitley Bay striker, 22, had trained with City for the first time just 24 hours before Tuesday’s Central League North game against Hartlepool United at Bootham Crescent. But his performance in the 5-2 victory prompted the club to snap up his services immediately on a deal until the end of the season.

“I am absolutely buzzing and it’s all been a bit of a whirlwind,” he admitted. “I spoke to the gaffer straight after the game and he has put his faith in me.”

Kempster has played over 200 games for Northern League part-timers Whitley Bay but has never previously played for a full-time club. He will now be giving up his jobs as a PE teacher and barman to become a full-time professional with the Minstermen.

“It’s a massive decision but you have got to try and get your foot on the ladder,” he said. “If someone is giving you a professional contract, you have got to take it. It’s what every lad dreams of really.”

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