Darlington have boosted their squad in time for the home clash with Aldershot by completing the signings of Simon Madden, Gareth Waite and Patrick Dean.

Quakers manager Steve Staunton, who drafted in Irish pair Chris Dempsey and Tadgh Purcell last week, has handed all three players contracts until the end of the season.

Teenage striker Dean has joined from Hibernian, midfielder Waite has signed from non-league Spennymoor and former Leeds defender Madden has been playing in Ireland with Shamrock Rovers.

All three players will be included in Staunton's squad for the Aldershot match subject to Football League confirmation and clearance from the Irish FA.

Staunton also hopes to add former Darlington defender Alan White to his squad and talks are on-going with the defender's current club Luton.

Former Leeds and Middlesbrough striker Noel Whelan will also return for Darlington, whose last five league games have fallen foul of the snow and icy weather, but Dan Groves (foot), Mark Bower and Steve Foster (both ankle) are still sidelined.

Aldershot manager Kevin Dillon has a fully-fit squad available as he prepares for a first game since Boxing Day.

Dillon has seen games with Hereford, Rochdale and Bradford all called off since they beat Barnet 4-0 last month but the extra time has allowed Marvin Morgan time to recover.

The striker, who has scored nine goals this season, has been out with a knee injury since the beginning of December but is fit to return at the bottom side in League Two.

Kirk Hudson could also return from a knee injury of his own, while defender Anthony Charles is available after a one-match suspension.

Defender Adam Hinshelwood has joined former manager Gary Waddock at Wycombe since the Shots last played, while Reading midfielder Oliver Bozanic is set to feature after extending his stay at the Recreation Ground.

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