Salford City is delighted to announce the signing of forward Luke Armstrong!
The 23-year-old joins us from Middlesbrough on a three-year deal ahead of our debut season in the EFL.
A powerful front man, Armstrong spent last season on loan at Gateshead – where he scored both goals in The Heed’s 2-1 win against Salford in August – before heading for League One Accrington Stanley in January. He ultimately finished the season with and impressive 13 goals in 34 games.
Armstrong’s career begun at ‘Boro before he spent a season at Birmingham City. Following his release by The Blues he spent six months in Scotland at Cowdenbeath before signing at Blyth Spartans in January 2016.
In 2016-17 he spearheaded Spartans’ promotion from the Northern Premier League with 23 goals, under the management of his Dad, Alun, which alerted Middlesbrough to their former player’s talents where he re-signed in 2017.
However after two further seasons at ‘Boro, including loans last season, the youngster feels it is the right time for him to move and progress his career.
“[I’m] over the moon, 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.
“I work hard, a physical forward, I like to get goals, get in the box, mainly work hard for the team.
“As a forward I like to vary it up, do a bit of both, hold up play and run in behind as well, cause problems that way.
“It’s going to be a great challenge for everyone at the club, a few lads have played in the league, a lot of them played in the Conference last year so it’s going to be a lot tougher.
“I’m looking forward to just pushing on and trying to push as high as I can in the years that I’m here, and personally I want to get as many goals as we can as a team.
“There’s that pressure at Salford, you’ve got to win every game and that’s what we’ve got to look to do. Everyone’s going to be up for the games that we play against and we’ve got to be even more so up for them.”
Manager Graham Alexander says a lot of work has gone into bringing Armstrong to the club, but he has high hopes for him.
“He’s a player that we’ve always, for the last 10 months or so, quite liked the look of. There’s been a lot of work behind the scenes to try and get him on board, obviously genuine competition for his signature as you’d expect with a good player like that but we’re delighted to get him on board.
“He’s got an all round game, he’s physically strong, he can run, he can score goals, he can bring us into play and at the age of 23 we think we’ve got a fine young player on our hands who can complement the other strikers we’ve got at our club and score goals for us.”
We would like to wish Luke and his family an enjoyable time with us here at Salford!