KEVIN BURGESS has become the second Darlington player to join Scarborough Athletic this summer.

A day after his contract with Quakers was cancelled, the 31-year-old defender has moved to the Northern Premier League club, which is the same move Leon Scott made last week.

The ex-Whitby Town pair were both part of the Darlington team which won promotion from the NPL in 2015-16, and they will be hoping to do the same again with their new employers.

Burgess said: “I know this league inside out, it is all about being consistent and grinding out the 1-0 wins on a Tuesday night after you've spent the day at work.

“Talking to Steve Kittrick [manager], he has the passion and drive to take this club to another level, you can tell this by the recruitment they have made this summer.

“It won't be easy and you can take nothing for granted because there are some very strong sides in this division.”

Burgess ended last season on loan at Whitby, who were among the clubs interested in signing him this summer.

But he told the Scarborough News: “I had another year left on my contract at Darlington, but there were a lot of clubs interested in talking to me. Steve rang me, we had a 20-minute chat and that was that.

“I suppose it was a bit difficult joining one of Whitby's rivals because I have a lot of respect for everyone at that club, I can't speak highly enough of them.

“But Scarborough are a bigger club with bigger ambitions. They will be pushing at the right end of the table next season, going for promotion.”

Darlington hope to announce their third summer signing soon. So far they have signed Liam Hughes and Simon Ainge.