Notts County could attempt to sign Stephen Darby on a permanent deal in the summer - if the on-loan Liverpool defender continues to impress.

After a successful two-month stint at Meadow Lane earlier this season, the 22-year-old has returned to the League One club on a deal until the end of the campaign.

Darby is currently the first-choice right-back, ahead of club captain John Thompson, and has helped the Magpies keep five clean sheets in the 12 games he has played.

"He's been brilliant. He's a model professional and he has never let us down on any occasion." said assistant manager Alex Rae.

"We're delighted to have him on board for the rest of the season,

"He's still got another year to go with Liverpool. In terms of where we go, we'll have to look at it in the summer. How he does between now and then will be a factor."


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