Sporting director Dave Penney believes York City will profit from manager Martin Gray’s swift transfer-market business.

Gray used his knowledge of the non-League, north-east scene to pounce quickly when he learned of off-pitch problems at Gateshead.

As a consequence, four of his seven close-season signings – Russell Penn, Wes York, Jordan Burrow and Macauley Langstaff – were made from the National League club, who finished 17th in English football’s fifth tier last term.

The quartet have all been persuaded to drop down a division into National League North by Gray and ex-Doncaster Rovers chief Penney praised the City boss’ swiftness of action that also saw Kallum Griffiths, Tom Allan and Jake Wright snapped up from Spennymoor, Alfreton and Harrogate Town respectively before this week’s return to pre-season training.

Penney said: “The manager is there or thereabouts with his recruitment and he’s happy with what he’s fetched into the building. He did his business early doors and you have to take advantage of what might be happening at other clubs by having your ear to the ground, so you know what’s available.

“We knew what was happening at Gateshead and there was a window of opportunity to get in players who have consistently performed at a higher level.”

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