Striker Luke Armstrong cannot wait to get started at Stanley after joining on loan until the end of the season.

The 22-year-old will be eligible for selection for tomorrow’s League One game at home to Bristol Rovers, subject to ratification by the EFL.

Luke is the son of former Boro frontman Alun Armstrong, who is now manager of Blyth Spartans.

“I was at Middlesbrough from aged 13-17 but then I was released,” said Luke.

“I went on trials all over the place and ended up at Blyth Spartans, before my dad took over.

“I scored 28 goals as we got promoted from the Evo-Stik Premier League into the Conference North.

“It was what I needed at the time, it was men’s football, I had to get used to the physicality of the league which was good for me.”

Middlesbrough came back in for him aged 21 and this season he has been on loan in the National League with Gateshead.

“I scored 11 goals in 19 games and enjoyed my time there before returning to Middlesbrough in December.”

There were a couple of clubs interested in Luke but Accrington Stanley was his choice.

“I played here for Middlesbrough U23s here last season in the Checkatrade Trophy so I know what to expect.

“I know Callum Johnson from being at Middlesbrough and I know Dan Barlaser and Liam Gibson from playing against them when they were at Newcastle.

“I just want to play as much as I can and hopefully I will learn a lot from the experience.

“I haven’t played league football so this is an exciting challenge for me and I obviously want to score my first league goal.

“My dad thinks it’s a great move for me.”

Luke will wear shirt number 39.