Convery earns a place in Quakers squad
Mark Convery is set to start his second spell with Darlo after the diminutive midfielder was handed the number 18 shirt for the 2009/10 season. Convery has impressed in the majority of Darlington`s pre season games and it is hoped that he can provide some much needed quality out on the right wing. Convery`s career has stalled a little since he was last at the Arena and the player will be keen to demonstrate that he is capable of playing in the Football League after a spell in the non league ranks.
Darlo are still in the hunt for a front man though it is understood that Colin Todd will not follow up his interest in Martins the Nigerian striker who was on trial with the Quakers last week. Darlington currently only have 3 forwards on the club books, Dean Windass looks set to lead the line in attack and I expect the former Bradford and Aberdeen man to notch a healthy number of goals in the forthcoming campaign. At the moment Lee Thorpe looks set to partner Windass as he is the only other fit forward as the promising Curtis Main is currently ruled out through injury. Main is likely to get many first team opportunities this term and with experienced pros like Windass and Thorpe to learn from it is possible that Curtis`s game will come on no end this season.
Darlo`s attempts to sign Sunderland strike duo Waghorn and Colback on loan has failed after both players agreed loan moves to Championship clubs. Martyn Waghorn has made the switch to Leicester City while Joe Colback has joined former Black Cats boss Roy Keane at Ipswich Town. It is clear from Colin Todd`s pursuit of these 2 players that the Quakers gaffer is targeting quality loan signings who could really have an impact for Darlington this season.
Quakers have also given squad numbers to Josh Gray, Dan Riley, Dan Groves and Nick Liversedge who have all come through the clubs youth ranks. Gray is highly thought of and he could well get a number of games at senior level once he recovers from the knock that is currently ruling him out of action.
In other Darlo related news, Colin Todd`s side will have to play in the first round of the League Trophy after Quakers were not given a bye into the second round of this years competition. It is unlikely that Darlington will take the Trophy too seriously this season given how limited the clubs first team squad is.