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Striker Tadhg Purcell rejects Darlington contract offer

Darlington striker Tadhg Purcell
Purcell has scored nine times for Darlington this season

Darlington striker Tadhg Purcell has rejected the offer of a new deal at the Blue Square Premier-bound club.

Purcell, 25, is set to finish as the Quakers' top scorer in League Two but boss Simon Davey revealed the Irishman has opted to quit the club this summer.

"He wants to play at a higher level, so Tadhg will be leaving us at the end of the season," Davey told BBC Tees.

"He's ambitious in himself and he believes he can play at a higher level, you can't blame him for that."

Davey added: "We'd have loved him to stay, but we have to move on and my job is to ensure that we bring in somebody of equivalent or better quality than Tadhg.

"We wish him the best, he's had a good half season with the club and I'm sure he'll go on and do well in his career."

Purcell joined Darlington in January along with fellow Irishman Gary Dempsey, at the request of former Republic of Ireland boss Steve Staunton who preceded Davey at the club this season.

Meanwhile former Barnsley boss Davey is keen to bolster the Darlington squad for their promotion push from the Blue Square Premier next season, following their relegation from League Two this campaign.

One of his priorities has been the club's emerging talents, and Davey has offered deals to youth team players John McReady, Michael Smith and Corey Barnes following their first-team efforts this season.


"For them to do well in a struggling side shows how well they've done," Davey added.

"They'd be part of the squad next season and hopefully a promotion-winning side."

Darlington complete their league campaign with the visit of Dagenham & Redbridge to the Arena in League Two on Saturday, 8 May.

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Quakers boss keen to keep Purcell
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Irish pair secure Darlington move
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Staunton effect swayed Purcell
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Boss Staunton leaves Darlington
21 Mar 10 |  Darlington
Darlington part company with Todd
26 Sep 09 |  Darlington
Davey and Barnsley part company
29 Aug 09 |  Barnsley
Davey celebrates 'fairytale' win
16 Feb 08 |  FA Cup
Davey appointed boss of Barnsley
31 Dec 06 |  Barnsley

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