Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: 'We Deserve to Have More Fans' Penney Pledges Future and Calls for Town's Support

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: 'We Deserve to Have More Fans' Penney Pledges Future and Calls for Town's Support

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Byline: Stuart Rayner

HAVING signed a contract extension which will keep him at Darlington Arena until 2011, Dave Penney has set his sights on growing the club's supporter base and developing its youth system.

That the League Two club have awarded their manager a two-year extension is a reflection of their contentment with the way the first team has progressed since Pen-ney's arrival in October 2006. The Quakers moved back into the division's top three with a 1-0 win over Mansfield Town on Saturday.

But now he has committed himself to the club for the next three-and-a-half seasons, the Yorkshire-man is able to think long-term as he looks to repay chairman George Houghton for his generous financial backing.

Penney's first goal is to address Darlington's gates, which despite their on-field success are only just above the 4,000 mark. Having attracted a combined attendance of around 12,000 for the Christmas games against Rotherham United and Milton Keynes Dons, he is hoping to make that the norm.

"We had a disappointing result against MK Dons when there were nearly 6,000 in the building," he noted. "It would be nice if we could gets those gates week in, week out. It helps us on the pitch and financially I think it's enjoyable football to watch at the moment, certainly compared to last year, so hopefully we can get a few more people through the doors."

Having been one of the Football League's busiest wheeler-dealers in his time in the North-East, the former Doncaster Rovers boss also wants to see Darlington produce more home-grown players.

"We had a massive change of personnel playing-wise over the summer," he acknowledged. "Now we've got a steady base we can build on top. The next side is to look below that and get the youth set-up right so we've got some kids coming through. We haven't had enough through for the last seven or eight years, so that's part of the next process. …

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