Clarke agrees Quakers U-turn

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Matt Clarke has agreed to remain at Darlington for a further season despite having previously looked likely to quit the North East outfit.

The 24-year-old defender had been linked with a move to both Boston and Bristol Rovers - with a move away from Darlo on the cards.

However, after a heart-to-heart with Quakers boss Dave Hodgson, Clarke has now concurred on fresh terms.

''Initially, Matt didn't feel our offer was good enough for him,'' Hodgson told the Northern Echo.

''I called him back in and we had a good chat about everything.

''After a personal discussion Matt decided the best place to be was here at Darlington.''

Meanwhile, Shrewsbury Town's Sam Aiston is set to ink a deal at Darlington next week having turned down an offer from Grimsby.

Hodgson has also had talks with Mansfield striker Colin Larkin but faces competition for the player's signature from Northampton, Leyton Orient, Chester and Peterborough.

Manchester United starlet Colin Heath remains a possible target - should Hodgson fail to land Larkin.