Ray Simpson / 29th May 2019

Darlington sign defender David Atkinson

Darlington sign defender David Atkinson

Local lad joins the club

Darlington FC have today signed defender David Atkinson from Blyth Spartans.

David, who comes from Shildon, started his career at Middlesbrough and can play in a variety of defensive positions. Whilst he was at Middlesbrough, he had a loan spell at Carlisle, and helped them avoid relegation in 2015.

He made his move to Brunton Park permanent – he played for the Cumbrians in the FA Cup against Everton – and played a season there before moving to Blyth.

In his first spell at Blyth, he helped them win promotion to the National League North, before he had a spell at IBV Vestmannaeyjar in Iceland, helping them win the Icelandic Cup and Europa League qualification.

After a second move to Blyth, he returned to Iceland and played in the Europa League.

His travels over for family reasons, he came back to Croft Park for a third spell this year, and helped them into the National League play offs, in which they were narrowly beaten by Altrincham. He became a free agent at the end of the season.

Manager Alun Armstrong said; "If he hadn't picked up a knee injury earlier in his career, then I think that he would have become a Premier League player. He can play in a variety of positions -- right back, centre back and centre midfield -- and is reliable wherever he plays. He is tough, strong and quick -- he is one of the best players that I've ever worked with."

We would like to wish David every success in his stay with us.