Foyle (right) has signed Rankine (left) for £10,000
York City have completed the signing of Rushden striker Michael Rankine for £10,000 with Minstermen striker Craig Farrell going the other way.
Doncaster-born Rankine, 24, scored 27 goals in 116 games for Rushden and joins City on a two-year deal.
York manager Martin Foyle told BBC York: "Michael's certainly got the ability to run the channels, he's a quick player and a big size as well."
Rankine said: "It's a big club, I can try and get it back into the league."
Rankine is especially pleased to return to his native Yorkshire after three years in the Midlands.
"I'm happy and overwhelmed, to be fair. I'm a Yorkshire boy and it's good to be back up north."
Rankine explained what he felt he would bring to York City.
"Aerial presence, I'll run though walls for people, I'll work hard and try and chip in a few goals as well."
Foyle added: "We're certainly going to play a lot more football this year.
"Michael's a good target man and we need to make that ball stick better in the final third than we did last year."
Foyle has now seen striker Richard Brodie sign a new contract and has recruited Richard Pacquette from Maidenhead, and the York boss has also recently signed Michael Emmerson, 18, on professional terms, so he has plenty of competition up front.
Despite the fee paid for Rankine, Foyle warned: "Even new signings aren't guaranteed a place, it certainly makes the squad stronger, which is what we needed."
(I'm looking for) two midfield players, one that can cover at right-back, and a left-sided centre-half is top of the list
Foyle revealed that Rushden's manager had shown interest in Craig Farrell, hence his departure to Nene Park.
"There will still be another two or three fresh faces to come through the door, and maybe one or two going the other way," stated Foyle.
"(I'm looking for) two midfield players, one that can cover at right-back, and a left-sided centre-half is top of the list.
"All three (deals) are virtually done and dusted but the physio is away so we can't have medicals."
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