TOMMY WRIGHT continued his mid-season makeover of the Darlington squad last night by swooping on his former club to make a double-signing.

Luke Trotman and Greg Mills have both joined from Nuneaton Town, a right-back and left-winger respectively, taking the number of signings Wright has made to three following the arrival of centre-back Josh Heaton last week.

Wright’s recruitment drive is not done yet and he will now focus on bringing in a striker, his preferred target having handed in a transfer request to his current employers.

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The capture of Trotman and Mills, however, is already a great boost for Wright, who had wanted to sign the duo last week in time for Saturday’s game at Kidderminster Harriers where Heaton made his debut.

Leicester-born Mills, 27, began his career with Derby County but left before making an impact in the senior team, going on to play for numerous non-league clubs such as Worcester, Barrow and Corby Town, where he first played under Wright.

He joined Nuneaton midway through last season, though initially suffered with injury, and Wright said: “When he’s fit and flying, he can be unplayable. He is a very exciting player, who as well as creating goals, can score them.

“He scored some great goals for Corby when I was there, and he caused opposing defences no end of problems. He will entertain the fans.”

Mills started last season at Tamworth and it is 12 months since he gave Liam Marrs a torrid time in his then team’s 2-1 win at The Lamb.

Trotman, 20, is a versatile player able to play in a number of positions on the right.

He was a highly-rated prospect when a first-year professional at Luton Town and believed to be monitored by Manchester United before a broken leg halted his progress.

It is the second time in six months Wright has signed Trotman, who moved to Nuneaton during the summer.

“He’s a very good defender, who has got terrific pace and is very good at going forward,” added Wright. “He’s also one of the nicest lads I’ve ever met.”

Both Mills and Trotman played in Nuneaton’s 2-0 win over Darlington four weeks ago, Wright’s final game before becoming Quakers’ boss.

Dino Maamria, who replaced Wright as Nuneaton manager, admits the transfers are not ideal.

He told the Coventry Telegraph: “We have a model at this football club and I knew about it when I took the job on. We develop players and that means that at times they move on.

“It is not ideal, but it is a situation I knew before I was named the manager here. It is not one that worries me.

“The leaving of Luke and Millsy is one that we will not let get in the way of what we want to do here. Yes we are a bit thin on the ground numbers wise now, but we will be bringing people in.”

The pair will make their Darlington debuts on Saturday when Tamworth travel to Blackwell Meadows, the first of two home games in successive weekends following yesterday’s FA Trophy draw.

The draw paired Darlington with Harrogate Town in the third qualifying round, a match to be played on Friday, November 24. Darlington Rugby Club play Hartlepool at home on the Saturday.

Striker Mark Beck, who left Quakers last week for Harrogate, is not expected to be fit for the Trophy tie as he continues to recover from a posterior cruciate ligament injury.