DARLINGTON aim to extend the stays of their three loan players, while Tommy Wright is looking at making more temporary additions.

Barnsley pair Will Smith and Romal Palmer have both caught the eye during their time with Quakers, which began just before Christmas, while Williams Kokolo is also wanted for a longer period from Sunderland.

Wright said: “We’re in discussions with Barnsley regarding Romal and Will as we want to extend their stays, and we’ve had conversations with other clubs as we want to be informed of what players will be available.

“Every club, especially at Premier League level, is seeing what clubs and what level of clubs are coming in for their players before they make a decision on where they send them out on loan.

“That’s how it’s going to be for the next week or so before things start to happen again.

“I do think we’ll finish the season with five loan players.

“We’ve told Sunderland that we want to keep Williams and we’ve told Barnsley that we want to keep those two. Hopefully we can and those decisions are now with their parent their clubs.”

Clubs can name up to five loan players in a matchday 16, so Wright is looking to bring in two more loans after this week seeing Andrew Nelson and Alex Wollerton return to their parent clubs.

On loan from Sunderland, where his contract expires at the end of this season, Nelson scored six times during his month with Darlington, including a goal of the season contender against Ashton United.

Wright said: “We don’t know the Sunderland’s manager’s opinion of Neller is, but if your face doesn’t fit then you’ve got to go and seek football elsewhere.

“Neller will have a career in the game beyond Sunderland. His next step is getting the right loan or a permanent move and build on what he achieved with us.

“In terms of loans, you don’t get much better than what he did with us - six goals and two assists in five and a half games.”

Wollerton did not have the same impact, however, starting only once and coming off the bench three times, and has now returned to Leeds United.

Wright added: “He didn’t get regular games with us, so you have to do the right thing. I’ve told him that I couldn’t guarantee him regular minutes here, so he should go somewhere that he can get them.”

Darlington, who are 14th, tomorrow play at Alfreton, who are 15th and on the same number of points.