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Darlington sign Danny Hone and Liam Hatch

Liam Hatch
Hatch was a popular figure at Darlington during his loan spells

Blue Square Bet Premier side Darlington have signed Peterborough United striker Liam Hatch and Lincoln City defender Danny Hone on six-month loan seals.

Hatch, 28, scored nine goals in 26 league appearances in previous spells at Darlington and will remain at the Arena until January.

Centre-half Hone, 20, is a graduate of the Imps' academy set-up.

Both players could be considered for Saturday's friendly against Premier League neighbours Sunderland.

With regard to the arrival of Hatch, Quakers boss Mark Cooper was delighted to have completed the deal.

"I've been waiting patiently to bring in some quality players so we're delighted to get Hatch in," said Cooper.

"He's proven at this level as well as at a higher level.

We're looking at defenders as we do think we're short in that area

Darlington boss Mark Cooper

"He'll complement Tommy Wright, Chris Senior, Curtis Main and Michael Smith."

Hatch, who was on-loan at Luton last season, played for Gravesend & Northfleet and Barnet prior to the move to London Road in January 2008.

Meanwhile, since taking over from the departed Simon Davey last month, Cooper has worked hard to bolster his squad for the new campaign with the addition of Michael Brough, while Adrian Forbes is currently with the club on trial.

And having experienced the division before with both Tamworth and Kettering, Cooper is certain further tinkering is needed to prepare for a long season.

"We're still looking to bring in another two or three," he continued. "We're looking at defenders as we do think we're short in that area."



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