Quakers completed their long chase to land striker Gregg Blundell. Darlington attempted to sign the Chester player just before Christmas but their offer was rebuffed by the City board. Darlington has had to wait four weeks to complete the deal but the deal was ratified by the league late last night.
However, manager Dave Penney it seems would have waited longer if he had too. Blundell was out of contract is the summer and could have moved for free under the Bostman ruling. When Penney revealed that he would wait until the end of the season to capture his target the fellow League Two side decided to accept the offer.
“It is one we’ve been chasing for a while. We tried before Christmas and it wasn’t quite right for them at the time. Wright (Chester manager) has players running out of contract in the summer,” said Penney. “Once we’d made it known that we would go back in the summer and try to do some sort of deal with under the Bosman ruling they decided to take our offer.”
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Blundell has already enjoyed a good spell under Penney. The Darlington boss signed him from Northwich Victoria in 2003 and during Doncaster’s League Two title-winning campaign he netted twenty-goal along with a further eleven a division above after the Rovers’ surprise double promotion.
“We are happy to get him. I did a similar thing when I took him to Doncaster,” said Penney. “We got him for a nominal fee out of Northwich Victoria and he was the top goalscorer with twenty-goals in this league. Hopefully, he can do a similar type of thing here – bring him in for a low fee and score twenty-goals.”
Darlington now has an abundance of forwards to draw from. Gaetano Giallanza, Simon Johnson, Julian Joachim, Alun Armstrong and recently recruited Tommy Wright. Penney revealed he will have very little trouble in switching things around during the match should he need too and with the added bodies in the final third he now has the ability to do that.
“We can afford to rest somebody now or if the two who have started are not doing it we can take them off and put the other two on,” said Penney. “I always try to play with two recognized strikers on the bench. Alun and Julian have been in the game long enough and Tommy Wright is still a young lad. We feel we have a good mixture of the people we are bringing in, there is a good blend of experience and youth throughout.” Load More…