Blue Square Bet
Published 1st July 2011
...career after his release from Conference Premier side Grimsby Town.
The 19-year-old former Grimsby youth skipper had high hopes of making the grade at his home-town club when offered a twelve-month professional contract last summer. But he failed to make a single senior appearance, spending time out on loan in Evo-Stik First Divison South strugglers Spalding United.
And he knew his chance to break into the Mariners first-team had possibly gone once new bosses Rob Scott and Paul Hurst decided to overhaul the squad that struggled last season.
The teenage centre back, who was captain of Town's victorious 2010 Midlands Youth Cup-winning side, isn't looking back, however, preferring to focus on the chance offered to him by Trinity boss Brian Little.
Gray said: "I was let go by Grimsby at the end of the season and I was looking for a club.
"I was a bit disappointed that I did not get my chance, especially as the team were not doing that well.
"I did well in the youth team and in the reserves and captained them both.
"But then the new managers Rob Scott and Paul Hurst came in and replaced Neil Woods with about five weeks to go and did not really have much time to take a look at the players at their disposal.
"I have been working hard through pre-season as I have been trialling at several clubs, but nothing materialised.
"Then, Steve Housham rang me from Gainsborough and had heard I had been released.
"Brian Little is also friends with the old assistant-manager at Grimsby, Dave Moore.
"As soon as I heard of Brian's interest at Gainsborough, I was keen to join and my aim is to break into the first team at the Northolme this season.
"Brian is looking to win promotion and he has assembled a largely different squad from last season and is looking to improve."
Gray will join fellow former Mariner Phil Barnes at Northolme, while he could also be joined by Michael Leary, who is rumoured to be interesting Trinity following his release by Town.