Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Good Deal All Round as Luke Leaves for Salford

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Good Deal All Round as Luke Leaves for Salford

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Byline: DOMINIC SHAW dominic.shaw@reachplc.com @DOMSHAWGAZETTE

JONATHAN Woodgate has explained Middlesbrough's decision to allow Luke Armstrong to leave the club, with the striker having joined Salford City on a permanent deal.

Armstrong is "over the moon" to have signed for the League Two newcomers and Salford's boss Graham Alexander has revealed he's courted the Boro man for the last 10 months.

The 23-year-old came through the Boro ranks and although he was released he rejoined the club in 2017 after impressing club scouts in the non-league ranks.

He spent time out on loan at Gateshead and Accrington last season, scoring 13 goals, before returning to Boro for the start of the summer.

Armstrong has featured for Boro in the friendlies against Grazer, Gateshead and Hartlepool but the striker and Woodgate are in agreement that at this stage of his career he needs to be a first choice player elsewhere rather than on the fringes at Boro.

"Luke's at an age where he needs to be playing regular football," Woodgate told the club website.

"I couldn't guarantee him that here, but he has done well in his loan spells before, and when Salford came in with an offer it suited both parties.

"Luke departs with out very best wishes for the future."

Salford weren't the only club keen on Armstrong this summer but the player jumped at the chance to join a club on the up, signing a three-year deal.

Salford are flying through the divisions and are preparing for their first campaign in the Football League.

The striker is excited to have joined the League Two side and has told Salford's fans what they can expect from him.

He said: "I'm over the moon, there's no better feeling! It's a club that's really ambitious, looking to go places and I think it could be a great platform for me.

"I'm looking to help the club get up to where they want to be. …

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