Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Quakers Squad Given Time to Shine

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Quakers Squad Given Time to Shine

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Byline: By Stuart Rayner

Dave Penney has vowed to trim the fat from the Darlington squad he has inherited ( but not before giving those at Neasham Road a chance to prove themselves, writes Stuart Rayner.

The 42-year-old takes charge of the Quakers for the first time in League Two tonight when Chester City are the visitors.

"I've inherited a team that's in good shape, that's one of the reasons I've kept Martin Gray on board (as assistant manager)," he said. "He's been here seven years and he's got a little bit more insight into the players. We've had three clean sheets and we're four games unbeaten, so we'll be looking to build on that against Chester.

"Martin brought Martin Clarke in (on loan from Bradford City), so that's solved our defensive problems, but we've got two months until the transfer window reopens to assess the squad.

"I've got 27 pros and it's up to them to prove to me they have a future at this club.

"Once we get Christmas out the way, I'll be looking to see what players we need to take us forward. …

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