Quakers set to announce new signings
Darlo boss Colin Todd is set to reveal the players he has agreed to bring to the Northern Echo Arena tomorrow. A number of Darlington`s signings have already been announced with Dean Windass, Jeff Smith, Chris Lumsdon and Ben Starosta all agreeing deals with the Quakers. None of the clubs playing staff have been able to sign contracts as yet though given the club is not yet officially out of administration.
Darlington are keen to show their fans the strength of the players they are attracting to the club in the hope that the supporters will firmly get behind the team for the 2009/10 campaign. However there is a danger that other clubs could be alerted to the availability of the Quakers potential new signings once Darlo make public the players they hope to attract to the Arena.
Out of last seasons senior squad only Steve Foster and Ian Miller are expected to be with the side for the coming term. Youth team players Curtis Main, Josh Gray, Dan Riley and Dan Groves are all being promoted to the first team squad and they all should get an opportunity to show that they are up to the task of League 2 football at some point next season given Quakers are unlikely to be able to afford to fund a large squad.
It has been reported that former Brentford midfielder Gary Smith is set to be named as one of the clubs new recruits. The Middlesbrough born schemer has quite a lot of experience as he has had spells at with his home town club, MK Dons and a loan spell with Wimbledon. However a number of unfortunate injuries have restricted Smiths appearances throughout his career and the 25 year old will be hoping to have an injury free season in his first campaign with his new side.
It is hoped that Colin Todd has be able to entice a number of experienced quality lower league performers to the club. The players that have already been named in Quakers new look squad for next season look to be of good pedigree and I feel Darlo could well have a chance of a challenging at the top end of the table come next May.
Former Sunderland striker Michael Bridges continues to be linked with Darlington. If Quakers could attract a player of Bridges quality to the Arena it would give the whole club a significant boost as he has proven in the past to be a prolific marksmen in the lower leagues.