David Duke today left Darlington by mutual consent, the seventh player to leave Quakers since David Penney became manager.

The out-of-favour defender, who David Hodgson brought to the club in the summer of 2005, has been a peripheral figure since Penney became manager in October.

He started Penneys first match in charge - at Tranmere Rovers in the Johnstones Paints Trophy - but has played just five games of the 25 since.

In total the ex-Swindon Town defender made 39 appearances for the club, his last being the 2-0 defeat at home to Mansfield Town on Boxing Day.

The other six players Penney has pushed out of the exit door are: Ville Vaisanen, Phil Stamp, Richard Logan, Barry Conlon, Anthony Peacock, Alex Janes.