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Darlington net Newcastle Benfield striker John Campbell

Darlington

Darlington have signed striker John Campbell from Northern League side Newcastle Benfield on an 18-month deal for an undisclosed fee.

Campbell, 22, caught the attention of the Blue Square Bet Premier side's boss Mark Cooper with 25 goals so far this season for Benfield.

Meanwhile, the Quakers have extended the loan of midfielder Aman Verma until the end of the season.

The 22-year-old has been on loan from Leicester since November.

Speaking about Campbell, Quakers chairman Raj Singh said he was happy to have closed the deal.

"It's another good signing for the club," said Singh.

"Mark Cooper did his homework on John and he'd attracted a lot of interest, including from some League One clubs.

"The deal is performance-related which suits all parties, with an option to extend it by a further year or possibly two if we want to.

"We're delighted to be giving the lad a chance but the deal works for us as well."



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