Darlington manager Colin Todd has announced 10 new players are poised to sign for the club.

Todd has convinced the players to commit themselves to the Northern Echo Arena, pending the Quakers successfully coming out of administration next week, while three senior players and four young professionals have re-signed.

Todd said: "I'm pleased with the progress we have made already, under the circumstances. It sends out a clear message that Darlington Football Club is well on the way to getting out of the mess it was in."

He added: "The players we've potentially signed up to now, including the lads who were with us last season, provide me with a good blend of experience and youth. We have some lads who have been around, played for a few clubs at a top level, while we also have young, hungry players who are desperate to do well."

Former Hull striker Dean Windass has joined Todd as player-coach, while former Middlesbrough pair David Knight and Gary Smith and Poland Under-20 international defender Ben Starosta, released by Championship club Sheffield United this summer, are among those ready to sign.

Skipper Steve Foster, defender Ian Miller and young goalkeeper Nick Liversedge have been retained and Craig James, Lee Thorpe, Matty Plummer, Chris Lumsdon, Jeff Smith and James Bennett are all poised to commit.

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