TOMMY WRIGHT is eager to extend Andrew Nelson’s time with Darlington after the striker started his month on loan with a bang.

He has scored four goals in his first three games, including two penalties in Boxing Day’s 5-1 win against York City.

The 21-year-old also netted twice on his debut away to Chorley, two coolly taken chances when one-on-one with the goalkeeper, and there are sure to be clubs higher up that would like Nelson in their squad.

But the grass is not always greener is Wright’s message, and he said: “Sunderland will want him to play as high as he possibly can. As a player, you want to be playing every week and you want to score goals – he is doing that here.

“He’s adored by the fans because he has made a really positive start to his time here, and he will have a decision to make.

“Sunderland would be happy for him to stay, but it’s going to come down to what other offers he gets.

“He’s got to weigh it all up and I will be talking to him, Kevin Ball and probably Jack Ross too.”

Nelson is one of five players currently with Quakers on a temporary basis, Wright having bolstered what was a threadbare squad with additions that have helped improve fortunes.

Having lost 3-2 at Chorley and drawn 3-3 at Altrincham, Quakers have scored ten times in three games.

They will be gunning for more tomorrow at home to second-bottom Ashton United, who have the worst defensive record in the division having conceded 55 times in 22 matches.

Also on loan is Williams Kokolo, who was unavailable against York due to personal reasons, Will Smith, Romal Palmer, both from Barnsley, and Leeds’ Alex Wollerton.

Wright added: “Kolo is on a youth loan so that will run as long as you want, it’s the same with the Barnsley ones.”