Vanarama National League North side Darlington have tied down captain Kevin Burgess with a new deal at Blackwell Meadows.

After being denied access to play in the Nationa League North play-offs, despite finishing fifth, due to ground regulations, Martin Gray has already made fine work to his Quakers’ squad by tieing down captain Burgess for two more years.

The central defender joined the National League North side in 2015 from Whitby Town, it had not been his first time with the County Durham-based side as he had previously played for the Quakers’ youth side in 2006 after leaving Middlesbrough.

However opportunities in for a promotion to the first team came at a premium and after making one senior appearance, Burgess was sent out on loan to Whitby.

He returned to Darlington in 2015 and was handed the captaincy, he impressed instantly by scoring on his home debut against Frickley Athletic and has since then scored 15 times in 71 starts for the Quakers.

The capture of Burgess comes two days after Manager Martin Gray committed to Darlington for the long-term.

Speaking shortly after confirming his commitment to the Quakers, Gray stated: “The last few months have been the most challenging and difficult since we took over at Darlington five years ago, but it is important that we move on and concentrate on the challenges ahead.

“I have told the players and the board that I am still very much here for the long-term and determined to continue to do my bit to restore the club to it’s rightful place in the Football League.”

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