Stanley have signed Middlesbrough striker Luke Armstrong on loan until the end of the season.

Boss John Coleman has been keen to add to his forward line having seen Connor Hall and Luke Charman return to their parent clubs, while Offrande Zanzala is suspended for this weekend’s trip to Bristol Rovers.

The 22-year-old is Stanley’s second signing of the week, following Newcastle United youngster Liam Gibson to the Wham Stadium.

Armstrong spent the first half of this season on loan at Gateshead in the National League, scoring 10 goals in 18 appearances.

Boro recalled him from that spell and handed him a new contract and see a Football League club as the next stage of his development.

Armstrong is well thought of at Boro but has yet to make a senior appearance for Tony Pulis' side, although he did feature for the club's Under-23s in the Checkatrade Trophy last season, scoring three goals in three games including one in a 3-2 defeat to Stanley.

“Luke was on loan at Gateshead and he has an eye for goal, he is hard-working and he is a hustle and bustle type of player,” said Stanley boss John Coleman.

“There were quite a few clubs chasing him and we feel he can do a job for us and we are looking forward to getting started with him.

“We are hoping he has a similar impact to Jimmy Dunne last season. They had both played men’s football but then stepped up to better men’s football and Jimmy had a big impact with us and we hope it will be the same for Luke.”