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Injury ends season for Darlington midfielder Paul Terry

Paul Terry
Former Yeovil midfielder Terry joined Darlington during the summer

Darlington midfielder Paul Terry will miss the rest of the Blue Square Bet Premier season after suffering a cruciate ligament injury.

The 31-year-old limped off after eight minutes of the club's 1-0 home defeat by Hayes and Yeading on Saturday.

"He's done his cruciate, he's out for the rest of the season," Darlington boss Mark Cooper told BBC Tees.

Terry joined the Quakers in August following his release by divisional rivals Rushden & Diamonds.

The former Leyton Orient and Yeovil player, brother of Chelsea and England defender John, has made 364 league appearances during his career, scoring 27 goals and has made 15 starts for the Quakers this term.

Meanwhile Cooper has reiterated he will not walk away from his post as Darlington manager despite the weekend's loss, the club's third in a row.

"I've got a long-term plan for Darlington and I'm not about to throw the towel in after a couple of bad performances," Cooper said.

"Saturday wasn't acceptable, we know that and the players know it. It was another bad day at the office.

"But the chairman continues to be very supportive and I appreciate that.

"As far as I'm concerned we put Saturday well and truly behind us and all concentrate on turning things around, starting with Mansfield on Saturday."

Chairman Raj Singh and Cooper have held "clear the air" talks after rumours spread during the game on Saturday that Cooper had resigned.

BBC Tees understands that Lincoln City and York City both asked to speak to Cooper last week about their managerial vacancies, but Singh refused to allow talks to take place.

"Wild rumours began circulating at half-time on Saturday that Mark had tendered his resignation, and nothing could be further from the truth," Singh said.

"Mark was simply trying a new approach on Saturday. He's as desperate as we all are for this to work and he assures me he was just trying something different.

A handful of bad results doesn't change our outlook. I'm happy with the job Mark and Richard are doing

Chairman Raj Singh

"At the end of the day it didn't work out, but we move on, and we move on together.

"We've sat down today and had a good chat. There have been approaches from other clubs and Mark is fully aware of that, but he's happy to stay with us and we 100% want him here.

"Mark's appointment, together with Richard Dryden, has brought some stability to the club for the first time in a long time.

"A handful of bad results doesn't change our outlook. I'm happy with the job Mark and Richard are doing. Up until three games ago we were doing well and were steadily improving as a team.

"The last three results haven't been good, there's no getting away from that, but it doesn't mean we change things at the drop of a hat.

"This club needs stability right now, and we believe Mark Cooper and Richard Dryden are the men to take us forward.

"We're fully behind them, the players are and, if anything, what happened on Saturday will hopefully make us stronger in the long-run."

Darlington are 14th in Blue Square Bet Premier, 14 points behind leaders Crawley Town.

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