David Hodgson has heard only good things about Tresor Kandol and firmly believes the striker will turn out to be a success at Darlington.

Kandol has not made the best of impressions since joining Quakers on loan from Dagenham & Redbridge last month, struggling to impress in three appearances and last week he was fined by the club for failing to turn up for a training session following a car accident.

But, having discussed the players' credentials with other managers in the game, Hodgson remains confident Kandol will overcome a difficult start to his Quakers career.

Wycombe boss John Gorman and Martin Scott at Hartlepool both expressed their admiration for Kandol, prior to the forward moving to the North-East until January.

After speaking to former Sunderland midfielder Gary Owers, now manager of Forest Green Rovers, Hodgson has every belief Kandol will eventually come good.

"I haven't spoken to anyone who has had a bad word to say about Tresor," said Hodgson. "I was chatting to Gary Owers about him and he was commenting on how good a goalscorer he is."

Kandol is losing his race to be fit in time to face Grimsby Town tomorrow. He is struggling with a shoulder injury.

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