Staunton frustrated as Keltie opts to join Imps

The Northern Echo: STILL UPBEAT: Steve Staunton (left) and assistant Kevin Richardson enjoy a joke at last night’s fans’ forum STILL UPBEAT: Steve Staunton (left) and assistant Kevin Richardson enjoy a joke at last night’s fans’ forum

Darlington will today sign a defender from the League of Ireland, but former Quaker Clark Keltie will join relegation rivals Lincoln City despite last week agreeing on a return to the club.

The Newcastle-born midfielder has trained for the last month with Darlington and told manager Steve Staunton he would return to The Northern Echo Arena.

He left 18 months ago for Rochdale, but was a free agent having been released last month, and Staunton told the media last week the 26-yearold would put pen to paper on a six-month deal.

However, Keltie this week began a trial with Lincoln and has instead agreed to join Chris Sutton’s side who are two are places above Darlington in League Two.

Keltie was due to rejoin Darlington on Monday, but he failed to answer calls from Quakers and it transpires he was in Lincolnshire with the Imps.

A frustrated Staunton explained: “Through his agent Clark agreed to sign last week. He had previously agreed to go to Lincoln for a couple of days trial and he had to honour that.

“I’m disappointed he has gone to Lincoln, especially as we had agreed terms. But there’s not much we can do about it now.”

Staunton will now turn his attentions to other targets, including Irish right-back Simon Madden.

The 21-year-old, a former trainee at Leeds United, will sign today having left Shamrock Rovers where he was a team-mate of fellow new boy Tadhg Purcell.

Staunton hopes Madden will be joined in a new-look defence by Darlington-born Alan White who is surplus to requirements at Luton Town.

“We know about Alan’s situation at Luton and we are actively looking into it,” said Staunton, who was speaking last night during a fans’ forum at The Northern Echo Arena.

“We know Luton are looking to offload three or four players and we are speaking to their manager.

“There’s not much more I can say on that because we are still speaking to the Luton manager. But he is a player we are interested in.”

Having last week recruited Gary Dempsey and Purcell, plus Madden today, Staunton last night admitted he wants to bring in more players ahead of Saturday’s home game with Aldershot Town.

He added: “We’ve got three new faces in so far in January and, hopefully, we’ll have two or three more before the weekend and we won’t be finished there.

“I’m looking to make two signings next week and then we should be done, although we could maybe bring one or two on loan after that if need be.”

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2:05pm Thu 14 Jan 10

ted forster says...

I am disgusted with Clark.
I posted last week that I for one would be glad to see him back,but after this I hope the club will not at any future time considder resigning him.
I know he has his carrear to think about,but having trained with us and agreed to join to then join one of the clubs we must hope to climb above is a real kick in the teeth to all us darlo fans,and proves to everyone that he has no feeling at all for the club.
I am disgusted with Clark. I posted last week that I for one would be glad to see him back,but after this I hope the club will not at any future time considder resigning him. I know he has his carrear to think about,but having trained with us and agreed to join to then join one of the clubs we must hope to climb above is a real kick in the teeth to all us darlo fans,and proves to everyone that he has no feeling at all for the club. ted forster
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2:05pm Thu 14 Jan 10

ted forster says...

I am disgusted with Clark.
I posted last week that I for one would be glad to see him back,but after this I hope the club will not at any future time considder resigning him.
I know he has his carrear to think about,but having trained with us and agreed to join to then join one of the clubs we must hope to climb above is a real kick in the teeth to all us darlo fans,and proves to everyone that he has no feeling at all for the club.
I am disgusted with Clark. I posted last week that I for one would be glad to see him back,but after this I hope the club will not at any future time considder resigning him. I know he has his carrear to think about,but having trained with us and agreed to join to then join one of the clubs we must hope to climb above is a real kick in the teeth to all us darlo fans,and proves to everyone that he has no feeling at all for the club. ted forster
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5:29pm Thu 14 Jan 10

footifan says...

PHEW That was a lucky escape.A player who is not up for a fight & he would have been a liability,thats why we let him go in the first place.
A legend ...in his own mind.
PHEW That was a lucky escape.A player who is not up for a fight & he would have been a liability,thats why we let him go in the first place. A legend ...in his own mind. footifan
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6:02pm Thu 14 Jan 10

no1quaker says...

Well I'm totally pleased he's gone elsewhere. He was useless before and didn't have a clue where the oppositions goal was let alone how to get the ball there.
If I was lincoln, I'd turn him around and tell him he plays for the other team, that way he'll pass the ball in the right direction.
Well I'm totally pleased he's gone elsewhere. He was useless before and didn't have a clue where the oppositions goal was let alone how to get the ball there. If I was lincoln, I'd turn him around and tell him he plays for the other team, that way he'll pass the ball in the right direction. no1quaker
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8:51pm Thu 14 Jan 10

top-manager says...

FAO..no1 quaker..
your thoughts on keltie and his football or lack of footballing ability is bang on. he is useless, he is better off being a MP LOL. what worries me is that SS was about to sign him because SS thinks keltie is better than the other players at the club already. SS has not got a fxxking clue about who is a good or bad player. SS judgement of a players ability is very POOR. something is not right here ie SS is signing players that are not better than the players already at the club and looking at some of the awful players he has signed, got on loan etc, i think SS is making money out of all this....THINK about?. ps maybe keltie thought, he is better off signing for Lincoln as their manager no's what he is doing, keltie believes in sutton, and sutton is a man manager, not like SS... a fxxking loner, billy no mates and he ain't got a clue about how to man manager players.
FAO..no1 quaker.. your thoughts on keltie and his football or lack of footballing ability is bang on. he is useless, he is better off being a MP LOL. what worries me is that SS was about to sign him because SS thinks keltie is better than the other players at the club already. SS has not got a fxxking clue about who is a good or bad player. SS judgement of a players ability is very POOR. something is not right here ie SS is signing players that are not better than the players already at the club and looking at some of the awful players he has signed, got on loan etc, i think SS is making money out of all this....THINK about?. ps maybe keltie thought, he is better off signing for Lincoln as their manager no's what he is doing, keltie believes in sutton, and sutton is a man manager, not like SS... a fxxking loner, billy no mates and he ain't got a clue about how to man manager players. top-manager
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