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Alexander lays down Gyorio gauntlet

Graham Alexander has challenged Mozesh Gyorio to win a place in his Fleetwood first-team and an extended stay at the Highbury Stadium.

Gyorio, a former Canada Under-20 midfielder who was released by US outfit FC Tampa Bay in 2011, was starting a trial with the Cod Army when Alexander was announced as former boss Micky Mellon's successor last month.

The 23-year-old sealed a six-month deal with the npower League Two outfit earlier this month and Alexander insists Gyorio is part of his first-team plans despite having no experience of English football.

"Mozzi was here on my first day, he'd been invited in for a trial," he told Press Association Sport.

"We saw him in training and only got a chance to see him in one game, but he did enough to get a short-term deal.

"It's not a trial period but I'd say everyone's on trial in football, no matter whether you've got a three-year contract or a six-month contract.

"It's one of those where he's desperate to make his mark in English football, he's showing an appetite for it at the moment and now the ball's in his court to earn a longer contract and establish himself in the team.

"Now he's part of the squad he's got to push for the team and that's what we're looking for him to do."