Hignett wants new deal

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Craig Hignett has shocked Darlington by asking for a new contract.

The 35-year-old was expected to quit football this summer, but he has now revealed he wants to stay.

This has given Quakers boss David Hodgson a dilemma as he confirmed his retained list for the coming season.

"Craig's decision completely caught me out and has really thrown a spanner in the works," said Hodgson.

"Over the next two or three days I have to think about what we offer him and what we will actually get out of him."

Players leaving the club are Bobby Petta, Keith Gilroy, Mark Convery, Michael Coghlan, Michael Price, Craig Russell, Chris Hughes, Curtis Fleming, Adolfo Gregorio and Ian Clark.

Despite Fleming not getting a new deal immediately, the former Middlesbrough man may be invited back.

"Curtis is a fantastic professional and his attitude has been second to none while he has been with us," said Hodgson.

"At the moment Curtis has not been given another contract but, depending on what happens during the summer, that could change."

Defender Matt Clarke has rejected the offer of a new deal, while Alum Armstong looks set to depart for pastures new.

Several players have been offered new deals including Joey Hutchinson, Sam Russell, Adrian Webster and Jason St Juste.

Akpo Sodje, released by Huddersfield this week, has agreed a one-year deal after impressing while on loan earlier this season.