DARLINGTON boss David Hodgson will decide on Canadian defender Tyler Hughes' future next week, writes Lee Hall.

Hodgson watched from the stands as Hughes played in yesterday's reserve-team defeat at Huddersfield Town.

Hughes, who plays in the Canadian A-League with Toronto Lynx, made a favourable impression at the McAlpine Stadium, despite the 2-0 reverse.

The 22-year-old will continue to train with Quakers, before returning to Canada next week, when Hodgson is expected to make a decision on the player.

Former Nice defender Oumar Bakari played alongside Hughes yesterday after joining the club on trial.

Bakari trained with Kilmarnock during the summer, but failed to earn a permanent deal with the Scottish Premier League outfit.

Despite yesterday's result - which means Quakers' second string are still seeking their first victory of the season - reserve-team coach Neil Maddison remained upbeat.

"We played some nice football so the result doesn't really matter," said Maddison.

"It was a good work-out for the lads and a good chance to look at a couple of trialists.

"Tyler did well and seems to have plenty to offer. He's a good passer of the ball and reads the game well.

"Oumar had a good run-out and I'm sure the gaffer will want to take another look at him."

Darlington: Price, Bakari, Tyler, Addison, Webster, St Juste, Coghlan, McCloud, Convery, Russell, Clark.

* Quakers have been drawn away to Washington in the second round of the Durham Challenge Cup.

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