DARLINGTON FC has told fans the club's return home could take place midway through next season as a new ticket discount scheme is launched.

The Quakers have announced that season ticket prices for 2014/15 will be frozen - and discounts will be offered if more than 800 tickets are sold.

Adults season tickets will be £175 for standing and £225 for seated.

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Concession tickets will be £100 and £150 respectively and child tickets remain at £50.

However, if more than 800 season tickets are sold, applicants will be given a 2.5 per cent discount.

The discount will increase to five per cent if sales exceed 900, with a 7.5 per cent discount for more than 1,000 sales and ten per cent if more than 1,250 tickets are sold.

Last season the club sold 665 season tickets.

The discount will be calculated on season tickets ordered and paid for by July 14.

Cash or cheque refunds will be made when tickets are collected - although fans can waive the discount as a further donation to the club to help with the return to Darlington.

The club said preparations to move to Blackwell Meadows to groundshare with Darlington RFC were progressing well.

However, officials do not yet know when the return to Darlington will take place and arrangements to remain at Bishop Auckland into next season have been agreed.

A club statement said: "This presents challenges for 2014/15 in respect of both corporate and hospitality packages, as well as seated arrangements, should a move to Blackwell Meadows occur part way through the season, and therefore transitional arrangements have been planned.

"As the number of seats available at Blackwell Meadows will exceed the number available at Heritage Park, a hybrid season ticket is being introduced this year which entitles the holder to standing only access at Heritage Park and seated accommodation in Blackwell Meadows - regardless of when the move to Blackwell Meadows is completed."

This ticket would be priced mid-way between the main stand seated ticket price and the standing price.

The club is also introducing an executive season ticket package for next season.

For an additional £175 per season ticket, fans will get a match day programme, pre-match drink and half-time sandwich, tea and biscuits at every home league game.

For a season ticket application form, visit darlington1883.co.uk or call in to Quaker Retail in Darlington covered market.