Imps youngster has impressed during loan spell with Darlington

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In medieval times, many castles and large houses had a sinister strongroom or cell called an Oublie, it’s French for forgotten and it’s where you went if you crossed the Lord of the Manor or started to get inconvenient politically.

Needless to say there was no policy of early release for good behaviour because, as the name suggests, once the door closed that was it. 

Daniel Hone must have feared the worst when he broke in to the first team having graduated from Lincoln City’s academy only for former manager Chris Sutton to farm him out to Darlington on loan. At least that was better than the fate of some young players who were paid off but he has been getting rave reviews from fans in Darlington who will be sad to see him return to Sincil Bank. 

Despite City having a distinct shortage of centre halves an early return to the team cannot be assured. Manager Steve Tilson has been to watch his young defender but, whilst the boss will give the player his chance, was not overly impressed with his performance.  

Tilson told the Lincolnshire Echo: “There's no question I would like to see him another couple of times before January, although I know his agent has been going round telling everyone how well he has done. 

"Of course he will be going round saying 'he's this and he's that' because Danny is his client. 

"Danny would have to do better than when I saw him – but I accept you can't judge him on one game and I'll need to watch him again." 

That sentiment is not shared by the Quakers heirarchy, Assistant Manager Richard Dryden said: "We will sit down and talk to him.  One way or another, whether he stays here or not, he has had a great six months with us. 

"If he does go back to Lincoln he needs to be in their 16, playing, otherwise what's the point in him going back? He has done extremely well.” 

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